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18 Jul 2017

How Female suicide bomber killed nine in Borno mosque

Residents at the scene of a suicide attack in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital... on Monday. Photo: AFP
Nine persons were killed on Monday in a suicide attack at a mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Damien Chukwu, has said.

According to Chukwu, who addressed a press conference, the suicide attack took place at about 4.30am on Monday, when a female terrorist made an unsuccessful attempt to enter a mosque in London Ciki, Jere Local Government Area, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The CP said, “In the process, she detonated an explosive, PBIED, strapped to her body, killing herself and eight others while 18 other persons sustained injuries.

“The police EOD team was promptly deployed in the scene to sanitise and render the scene and its vicinities safe for normal activities to continue.

“Corpses and injured persons were evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.”

Chukwu said on Sunday at about midnight, Nigerian Army troops deployed in Mammanti village, Molai town, Konduga Local Government Area, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, also intercepted two teenage female suicide bombers who were trying to infiltrate the village through the parapet ahead of the village.

“The bombers were engaged by the troops after being challenged, which resulted in the detonation of their suicide vests, killing the two suicide bombers,” he said.

He said no other casualty was recorded in the foiled attack.

Similarly, Chukwu said about 1:49am on Monday, Nigerian Army troops deployed in Cimari community and No Man’s Land, Mafa Local Government Area, “intercepted a female suicide bomber trying to infiltrate the community through the parapet.

“The suicide bomber in an attempt to escape was shot by the troops, as a result of which the suicide vest on her body exploded killing the bomber only.”

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