Five members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect reportedly lost their lives when they sneaked into a suburb of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to carry out attacks that eventually claimed only their own lives.
Security officials said the blast also injured three residents of the area while eyewitnesses reported hearing multiple explosions, the first of its kind to be heard in recent times, all over the Maiduguri metropolis at about 7 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
Premium Times also reported that the multiple blasts came from Kalari, a crowded Maiduguri suburb located behind the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Witnesses who confirmed the incident, said the suicide bombers, comprising of two males and three teenage girls, had walked to one of the houses near Kalari market and knocked at the gate, pretending to be visitors.
A resident, Bala Kabiru said:
“When the owner of the house opened the gate, the teenage girl detonated the bomb she was wearing in her body but it only killed her and injured three other persons.
The other suicide bombers who were probably scared by the pandemonium generated by the first blast had to quickly detonate their suicide vests but at various spots where no one was affected but only themselves.”
The spokesman of the Civilian-JTF in the state, Danbatta Bello, also confirmed the incident in a telephone chat with Premium Times and said:
“It was a sad incident, but we thank God none of the innocent residents lost their lives except the suicide bombers themselves.
They were five suicide bombers that invaded Kalari, comprising an old man and a boy of about 12-years-old and three teenage girls.
But the explosions they caused only injured three persons – two by the walls that the explosion brought down and a woman in a makeshift house near the attacked spot. All of the injured are currently receiving treatment at the hospital,” Bello said.