No fewer than eight persons were killed early today as two suicide bombers struck in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and the heart of a seven-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram militants.
The first attack by a female suicide bomber occurred at 6 a.m in front of a camp for the internally displaced persons in the Bakassi area as scores of people were coming out of the camp to begin a new day. Five persons died at the scene.
Minutes later a second bomb went off near the NNPC mega station.
The attack was carried out by another female bomber, who was inside a tricycle, popularly called KEKE NAPEP.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman disclosed that the bomber was tailing a fuel tanker that was about to discharge fuel at the station.
“Miraculously, a car came in between them. The bomber, whether by error or whatever detonated, killing all the three occupants of the tricycle.There was no other person involved”, he said
Usman said the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier-General Victor Ezugwu has gone to the scenes of the attacks.
Usman confirmed that bodies of the dead have been carried away by government emergency services. The Police, he said, would issue a statement on the two incidents.
The bombings came 17 days after a car bomb killed 10 people when a convoy was hit in the outskirt of the city.
The explosion at Muna garage hit the convoy with a military escort as it made its way to Gamboru Ngala.
Since Boko Haram lost the swathe of territory it occupied during the Jonathan era, its suicide squad has been hitting soft targets.
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