About three people have been reported killed in two separate bomb attacks which occurred on Wednesday morning in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
According to a chieftain of the local vigilante, identified as Danbatta Bello, at about midnight, a male bomber was shot dead from an observatory by a military sniper after he was spotted advancing towards a security check post manned by soldiers in Usmanti layout of Maiduguri. Also, another attack occurred at about 5.30 a.m in Maiduguri as a teenage girl, blew herself up after members of the Civilian-JTF, stopped her from advancing towards a mosque where Muslim worshippers were praying.
The female bombers died alongside one member of the Civilian-JTF that tried to stop her. Two others were injured.
According to Bello, “We are just leaving the site of the second blast now, and everything is calm now.”
“We heard the first explosion about some few minutes after midnight but soldiers were able to stop him from carrying out his attack when they shot him near the security check post in Usmanti. His bombs went off not quite 50 meters away from the sandbags at the check post as soon as the soldier sitting on top of a security observation post shot at him,” Mr. Bello said.
“The second one was a young girl who was trying to attack worshippers in a mosque during the early morning prayer time at about 5.30am. Some of our boys tried to stop her so she decided to detonate the bomb, which killed her and one of our members. Two others were injured by the explosion as well”.