Two suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram insurgents blew off themselves and a soldier at the Airport roundabout of Gomari ward of Maiduguri metropolis, yesterday. The explosion came less than 12 hours after twin suicide bombers struck in neighbouring Damaturu, the Yobe State capital where six people including the suicide bombers lost their lives with 26 injured.
The explosion which shook the vicinity also injured four passers-by at about 10:22pm when the curfew time of 9:30 imposed on the city of Maiduguri had elapsed.
A resident of the area said the suicide bombers came in a tricycle during the curfew hours, and were asked to stop and park at a military check point by the soldiers and some of the civilian JTF members who were on patrol at the checkpoint, as they came closer the detonated the IED strapped on their bodies killing themselves and a soldier.
He said “ when the military stopped the suicide bombers, they parked and both alighted from the tricycle, they were asked to come closer to one of the military personnel to identify themselves.
According to him, as they approached the soldier and some of the civilian JTF members, one of the suicide bomber detonated his Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to his body killing themselves, while the soldier who was critically injured died before reaching hospital.
Also confirming the incident, the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun said “yes there was explosion at 22:18 hours yesterday 25 August at Airport roundabout along Maiduguri-Damaturu, when two suicide bombers on foot detonated IED strapped on their bodies, during questioning, killing themselves and one security personnel. “Security personnel drafted to the scene to comb the area and render assistance, corpse evacuated to the mortuary, investigations is on,” the CP responded in a text message.
-Ahmed Mohammed, Maiduguri