Hours after two suspected male suicide bombers caused the death of over 30 persons in an attack on a mosque in Maiduguri the Borno state capital, the city was again attacked early Friday when four suspected female suicide bombers launched a partially foiled attack that left 22 persons, including themselves, dead, security sources and officials said.
Officials said the four women began their journey into Maiduguri through the Maiduguri-Biu road at about 5am with an attempt to launch multiple attacks on the city.
But their mission was cut short at the outskirts of the city, near the neighbourhood where the Thursday night bombing took place, as soldiers on guard in the area tried to stop them, one official said.
Witnesses said the soldier had to open fire on the women when they failed to obey an order for them to stop advancing towards the city.
“One of the women had to run towards Umarari-Molai village as the soldiers were opening fire on them and she detonated herself; the explosion from her IED device caused the ones being carried by the three others to explode and it unfortunately killed about 18 persons in the village,” said a soldier who declined mentioning his name for obvious jurisdictional concerns.
One of the Red Cross officials at the scene of the attacks helping to evacuate the corpses said “22 persons including the suicide bombers died in the attack”.
The military and the police are yet to comment on the attacks at the time of filing this report.
The zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency had last night put the death toll from Thursday’s mosque attack at over 30.
The agency also said a number of others were injured and were on admission in hospitals across the city.
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