Barely 12 hours after two male suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri killing over 26 worshippers, another attack has been carried out Friday morning by four female suicide bombers that left over 22 persons dead according to officials.
Residents of Maiduguri, who slept with one eye opened following the Thursday night, were jolted out of their few hours of sleep when the explosions began to echo into the city in the wee hours of Friday.
According to a red Cross official at the scene of the incident, he said; “We have 22 dead bodies including that of the female suicide bombers at the scene blast”.
The official also said that most of the victims were villagers from Umarari Bayan Waya area, a community near Molai, where the Thursday blast had occurred.
Speaking he said, 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, but 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”, according to an official of the Civilian-JTF.
“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”.
Meanwhile hospital source said that injured persons were brought into the hospital at about 6am today (Friday) also confirmed some of the injured persons in the Thursday night suicide blast had later given up ghost while in the hospital.
Last night, two suicide bombers (males) attacked Molai community some 6km at the time Muslims worshippers were praying in a mosque.
One of the attackers target was a crowded mosque and the other detonated himself at a checkpoint. A total figure of 26 persons died on the spot, while 25 others were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.