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Three die in Borno market suicide bombing


Three people, including the two suicide bombers, died yesterday in an attack at the Maiduguri Monday Market. Eighteen others were injured.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima summoned an emergency security meeting following the “unfortunate incident”, which happened two days after the explosion in Magadali, Adamawa State in which about 60 people were believed to have died.

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The injured were evacuated to the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital

Abba Jato, an attendant at one of the filling stations at Post Office, Maiduguri, said the sound of the explosion shook every building in the area.

“We heard a loud bang and all buildings shook to foundation but because we are used to this kind of things, I knew it was a bomb blast,” he said.

Shettima summoned officials of all markets, motor parks, shopping complexes, football fields and other places of public gatherings in Maiduguri to an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies and the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF). The meeting will hold today at the Government House.

The governor visited the scene of the suicide attacks around the market and was at the accident and emergency ward of the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital to console the injured.

Three of the injured were undergoing emergency surgery at the time of the governor’s visit.

The suicide attacks were carried out by two women in two close spots, both outside the Maiduguri Monday market before 10am, Commissioner of Police Damien Chukwu who received Shettima at the scene said.

The CP said one person died; 18 were injured.

“Tomorrow, we will be having an emergency security meeting involving management of all the markets, motor parks, shopping centres, football fields and other attack prone areas and the we will invite the Civilian JTF and, of course, our security officials so that we cross pollinate ideas and come up with some new measures that will strengthen our existing security structure around markets. We have been taking different steps as the insurgents change their ways, we will all meet and come with measures that will not be made public.

“This suicide attack is highly unfortunate; I condole with the families of the victims. We will always do the best we can to prevent this kind of bloodbath” Shettima said.

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