No fewer than 5 persons have been feared killed while six others – all local farmers – were wounded after suicide bombers believed to be deployed by Boko Haram insurgents detonated themselves near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Tuesday, witnesses said.
It was gathered that four female bombers attacked Kaleri area, an outskirts of Maiduguri in Mafa local government area and exploded the IEDs wrapped around bodies, killing at least one farmer and injuring 6 others.
An eyewitness, Ba’ Kura Muhammad, said: “At about 8:23am there was loud sound in our area so we were confused, some minutes later second occurred near military sand bags injuring cjtf member.”
“At least five were killed including one civilian killed and 7 farmers were taking to the hospital.”
Speaking with Premium Times, a top official of the Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, said the blasts were caused by four female suicide bombers who were trying to invade Maiduguri through a suburb called Mairi-Kwait, located behind the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
The civilian-JTF personnel said the mission of the attackers was foiled outside the fortifications set up around the university to ward off incessant attacks early this year.
According to him, one of the four suicide bombers blew herself up in the bush not far away from the fortification, while three others came closer before detonating themselves.
He said six farmers who were harvesting their crops were injured by the multiple blasts.
“We have just returned from the scene of the blast which was near Mairi-Kwait,” said Mr. Bello. “They were four female suicide bombers, and all of them got themselves killed in the blasts. One died in the bush, and three others died near the parapet after they detonated on a farmland where six farmers who were harvesting their crops got injured.”