Two female suicide bombers on Saturday found their way into a crowded suburb of the troubled city, with one of them succeeding in blowing off her self while the second got arrested and disarmed before she could trigger off the explosive belt worn under her garment, according to Premium Times reports, quoting security sources and witnesses.
Just yesterday morning, a bomb attack occurred in a mosque in Maiduguri, Borno state, killing at least 18 worshippers and injuring many during the early morning prayer session.
The incident happened in Dala-Yazare, a suburb located some 4km away from Maiduguri, along the Biu-Maiduguri road.
An operative of the Civillian-JTF, who asked not to be named, quoted by Premium Times said on phone that “they were two suicide bombers, one was arrested now, but the other was able to detonate the bomb…”.
The source did not have much time to give details of how the second female suicide bomber was nabbed, neither did he give details of the extent of damage caused by the deafening blast that echoed over the city of Maiduguri at about 7:50am.
Details remain sketchy for now even as tension continues to mount in Maiduguri over the spate of suicide attacks that have now become a daily affair.
On Friday, a lone suicide bomber rode a bicycle into a crowded mosque, joined a congregation already in the middle of the early morning prayer , and seconds later touched off the massive improvised explosives device he was carrying.
Borno is the birthplace of the Boko Haram insurgency and has been the focus of attacks by suspected members of the militant Islamist group that have killed around 1,000 people since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May.
Since losing most of the territory it took over earlier this year to the Nigerian army, Boko Haram has reverted to hitting soft targets such as markets, bus stations and places of worship, as well as hit-and-run attacks on villages, mainly in Borno.
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