Suicide blast claims 7 lives in Maiduguri

Seven people have been killed in a suicide attack at Umarari village in Molai general area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The dead include a mother and her two children, as well as a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), the Borno Police Command confirmed on Sunday.

Mr Victor Isuku, the spokesman of the command said in a statement in Maiduguri that three bombers had attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri at about 9.00 p.m. on Saturday.

“At about 2100hrs of Saturday, three suicide bombers, a male and two female, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri town through Umarari village in Molai general area.

“They were sighted and challenged by civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member, a government-approved militia group,’’ Isuku stated.

He explained that the suicide bombers, a male and two teenage females, detonated the Improvised Explosive Devices strapped to their bodies running in different directions.

The Northeast Information Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said the injured have been taken to the State Specialist Hospital for treatment.

This is the second time in one week that suicide bombers are attempting to enter Maiduguri through Umarari village.

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