No fewer than seven female suicide bombers were, on Thursday night, killed in Maiduguri while attempting to cause havoc at four separate locations in the Borno State capital.
The explosions also injured eight members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.
This was disclosed to journalists in Maiduguri on Friday by Mr. Ahmad Satomi of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency after he visited the blast scenes.
The bodies of the seven suicide bombers responsible for the attacks were recovered. According to Mr. Satomi, the attacks took place in four separate locations, resulting in the destruction of property worth millions of naira.
A Volkswagen Golf car laden with explosives, he said, attacked the last checkpoint on the Maiduguri- Dikwa Road, but it was shot at by the military, killing the driver. He added that 13 pick-up vans, loaded with assorted food items and headed to Dikwa, were burnt by the blast at Muna Garage area.
“There were four attempts last night, but fortunately enough, there was no civilian causality. Eight civilian JTF members sustained light injuries, and they are currently receiving treatment at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital,” said Mr. Satomi said.
Mr. Satomi explained that all the female suicide bombers, who attacked Muna Garage were teenagers.