Two Dead, 3 Injured As Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri Suburb

Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Sunday night sneaked into a neighbourhood of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, to carry out coordinated attacks that eventually claimed only their own lives, officials and witnesses said.

The blasts however injured three other innocent residents.

Twin deafening explosions, a first of its kind to be heard by residents in recent times, echoed all over Maiduguri at about 7pm causing residents to panic.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter in the city gathered that the twin blast came from Kalari, a crowded Maiduguri suburb located behind the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Witnesses said the suicide bombers were a male and female teenagers who walked to one of the houses near Kalari market and knocked at the gate, pretending to be visitors.

“When the owner of the house opened the gate, the teenage girl detonated the bomb she was wearing on her body but it only killed her and injured three other persons,” Biliya Kabiru, a resident, said.

“The male suicide bomber, was probably scared as he also detonated his suicide vest immediately, but at a spot where no one was affected but only himself.”

The spokesperson of the Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES via telephone interview.

“It was a sad incident, but we thank God none of the innocent residents lost their lives except the suicide bombers themselves,” he said.

“They were two; a male and a female. But the explosions they caused only injured three persons in the neighbourhood who are currently receiving treatment in hospital,” he said.

Kaleri is one of the locations within Maiduguri that was a den for Boko Haram terrorists.

Local intelligence officials believe the area still harbours a large number of members of the extremist sect and their passive supporters.

It was in the same Kalari that the recent arrest of 22 Boko Haram members.

The police said eight of them confessed they participated in the 2014 unresolved abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.

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