No fewer than 22 people have been confirmed dead and several others injured after 4 female suicide bombers attacked Umari village in Maiduguri town, Borno state this morning. This comes barely 12 hours after two male suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Molai community killing no fewer than 30 Muslim faithfuls who had gone to the mosque to pray.
“At about 5am, four women, all armed with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) worn under their garments made an attempt to sneak into Maiduguri through same route where last night’s bombers used, were spotted by soldiers who allegedly shot them down when they defied orders to stop advancing. One of the women was however quick to let go the trigger of her explosive, killing herself and injuring about 14 innocent villagers at village near Molai where yesterday’s blasts occurred. The women were seen trying to sneak through the bush paths along the Maiduguri-Biu road, but soldiers at the checkpoint were able to spot them after receiving some vital intelligence from informants. The women refused to obey soldiers orders to halt movement, so the soldiers opened fire on them. One of the women was unfortunately able to detonate her explosive, which triggered the ones on the bodies of the three others that were shot down. The shrapnel from the bullet had however killed many persons and injured about 14 villagers in the nearby community. We have rushed the victims to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment”.