One person was killed and 13 others injured when suicide bombers struck a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Friday.
The Borno State Police Command said four female suicide bombers were involved in the attack which occurred around 9:49 pm.
All four attackers infiltrated Muna Zawiya village in Mafa Local Government before detonating their explosives, killing themselves and one person – a female, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Edet Okon, said in a statement.
“Thirteen persons were injured and were taken to a hospital where they are responding to treatment,” Okon added.
After the attack, policemen including members of Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and Explosives Ordinances Disposal specialists were dispatched to the area to bring the situation under control.
Okon said normalcy has returned to the area and that adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure hitch-free Easter celebrations.
Friday’s explosion occurred at a time when residents in the area where indoors due to the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the area because of the frequent suicide attacks in the area.
The suicide blasts were heard in parts of Maiduguri were a curfew starts at 10 pm and lasts till dawn.
A frequent target for the suicide bombers in the area is Muna Garage, which is home to many people displaced by the violence.
In January, at least 12 people were killed and 48 others injured at the garage when two suicide bombers attacked it.
Troops of the Nigerian Army have prevented another attack by suicide bombers in Maiduguri.
Three teenage female suicide bombers had attempted to attack military outpost popularly known as “Gontanamo” along Muna garage, Maiduguri around 10:05pm on Wednesday.
They were sighted, however, trying to gain access to the premises and were shot by the security operatives leading to the detonation of their concealed explosives, which killed all three of them and injured one of the security personnel.
The Information Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency in the North East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, confirmed the attack in a statement.
The corpses were evacuated to Borno state Specialist Hospital by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) Emergency Response teams, the statement added.
The Borno State Police Command says a third suicide bomber was caught by villagers while trying to make her way towards the University of Maiduguri.
This is according to the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku in a statement released to journalists.
According to Isuku, “At about 0800hrs a third female suicide bomber of about 12yrs with IED strapped to her body, was intercepted at Bara Karaya village behind University of Maiduguri, in Muna Garage general area.”
The suicide bomber was sighted by villagers who promptly alerted the military, the statement said.
The statement said she was gunned down, while EOD personnel of the Borno State Police Command secured and rendered safe the unexploded IED vest.