Three suicide bombers have died after detonationg their vests, in failed attempts to cause mass casualties in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The first bombing was carried out by two men who detonated their explosive vests close to the Gujari fuel station, blowing up a 45,000 litre petrol tanker waiting to discharge its cargo, killing themselves and injuring a yet unknown number of people.
The second bomber detonated himself close to a mosque in Dusuma village just outside Maiduguri, killing himself and wounding an 80-year-old man who was standing watch by the entrance of the religious facility.
The Borno State Police Command through its spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the attack.
“At about 0438hrs, two male suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices strapped to their bodies by Alhaji Bukar Gujari Filling station in Muna Garage area, Maiduguri killing themselves alone, a truck was partly damaged. Also at Dusuma village in Jere local government area, a suicide bomber detonated his IED strapped on him killing himself, while one person was injured.”” Mr Isuku said.
In the past weeks, Muna Garage has become a frequent target of the insurgents, who have hit it with multiple suicide bomb attacks that have killed and injured a lot of people.
Despite an insistence by the Nigerian government since 2015 that it has defeated the Boko Haram insurgents, there has been an increase in the frequency of attacks by the fighters in many places across Borno State. On Thursday, fighters from Islamic State’s West African Province were alleged to have raided Pulka Town, site of a Nigerian Army base, and abducted 22 girls.