The Borno State Police Command on Monday disclosed that 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna area of Maiduguri, the state capital.
It is understood that the suicide bombers – linked to Boko Haram sect- struck at two locations in the town, killing 16 persons on Sunday night.
The State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, who confirmed this, said the attacks occured at the Muna garage area, where many have been killed in the past by suicide bombers, and at Muna Dalti.
The commissioner said: “On 22/10/2017 at about 20: 20 hours a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, while five others sustained injuries.
“In another development at Muna Dalti, two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs killing themselves and injuring 13 others.
“The Injured persons were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment and corpses were evacuated.
“Police EOD teams have been deployed to sanitise the scene.
“In all, 16 persons were killed and 18 others injured in the three explosions.”
Also, Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, the Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the agency had conducted rescue exercise at the scene of the attack.
Satomi said that the State Government would provide free medical treatment to the victims.
“We have recorded about 13 suicide bomb attacks this year at Muna area. The area is vulnerable and I advise residents to be more vigilant,” the chairman said.