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Many feared dead as ‎suicide bombers hit Maiduguri


Suicide bombers attacked four different locations in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital Saturday morning.

At Damboa Road bus stop, two occupants of a keke NAPEP were killed in the blast.

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It was also gathered that 8 people have been killed at the Bakassi IDPs camp.

A civilian JTF, Umar Shehu said the suicide bomber detonated his IED at the entrance of the Bakassi IDPs camp, killing himself and 7 others.

‎Confirming the incident, a statement from the spokesman, 7 division Nigerian Army, Col Mustapha Anka said, “at about 7.05am this morning, there were twin simultaneous suicide bomb explosions at the entrance of Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp and NNPC Mega Filling Station, Damboa Road, Maiduguri.
“At the Bakassi IDPs camp, a suspected female suicide bomber ran into group of men and women at the entrance while they were coming out of the camp, killing 5 men and injured 11 women. The bodies of the dead men and the injured women have been evacuated.

“At the NNPC, a female suicide bomber followed a Keke NAPEP tricycle with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualty but was prevented from gaining access to the fuel station by another vehicle.

“In that process, the suicide bomber exploded killing the 3 occupants of the tricycle. No reported injured persons at this instance.”

He added that: “Troops and security agencies have been mobilized and the injured have been evacuated, while efforts are on going to comb the general area as well as entries and exits of Maiduguri.

“While we commiserate with the families of the late victims of this cruel act and wish those injured speedy recovery, we would like to assure the public that efforts are on going to track those behind the dastardly acts.

“However, it is equally important to reiterate the need for more vigilance and security consciousness among all. Citizens are enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movements to the security agencies.”

Also confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Maiduguri, Abdulkadir Ibrahim said efforts were on by rescue and health workers in the evacuation of wounded victims to Hospitals for treatment, while the dead bodies had been deposited in the mortuary.

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