20 Jun 2017

How Female Suicide Bombers Attacked Borno, Killed 17

No fewer than 17 persons were killed as five suspected female suicide bombers attacked Kofa community near Dalori in Borno State.
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Eyewitness told newsmen in Kofa that the attack occurred around 8.30pm on Sunday, when Muslim faithful were saying their night prayers.

“We heard a loud sound around 8.30pm near a mosque, forcing people to run back to their houses. As we were preparing to rescue the victims of the first blast, we heard another explosion close by.

“It was really terrifying; many people died and many others were injured. The third explosion occurred after a short while.

“Eventually, we evacuated eight bodies in the night to the hospital, while 25 others were injured,” recounted Mallam Ibrahim Kolo, a member of a vigilante group.

The spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Mr. Victor Isuku, confirmed the attack. He said, “On Sunday, at about 2030hrs, five suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8kilometres from Maiduguri and situated along Maiduguri-Konduga road.

“The first suicide bomber detonated the explosion near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated another one in a house killing five persons, while two other suicide bombers detonated theirs within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.

“A total of 17 persons, including the five suicide bombers died, while 11 persons sustained injuries and were rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Police anti-explosive team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored.”

However, the spokesperson for the North-East zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said in a statement in Maiduguri that 16 people were killed.

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