No less than 30 persons have been killed and more than 80 others injured in a triple suicide attack on Tuesday in the town of Mandarari, in Nigeria’s Borno State, CNN quoted civilian vigilantes fighting Boko Haram Islamists in the area as saying.
It was gathered that the three female suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts in a local market and outside a nearby camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
“The first bomber struck outside the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp overlooking the market around 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) hitting some people and causing confusion as people tried to flee,” civilian vigilante Bukar Kyari said.
Another civilian vigilante, Usman Grema, said while traders were trying to close their shops and evacuate their wares, two female bombers hit the market “almost simultaneously.”.
The suicide attacks occurred on a weekly market day when people from the town and nearby villages flooded the market to buy and sell food, clothing and livestock.
Twenty-eight people were initially killed at the explosion site, and two others died after being taken to a hospital in the town of Maiduguri, where they died at admission, according to a medic at the state-run hospital. The death toll is expected to rise.
Meanwhile, The Borno State Police Command has said that only 16 persons were killed and 82 others wounded in the suicide bomb attack.
The commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, confirmed this in a Short Message Service sent to journalists on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
Chukwu added that the command has deployed EOD to sanitize the area.