12 killed, 48 injured as Boko Haram reportedly attacks Maiduguri market

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12 killed, 48 injured as Boko Haram reportedly attacks Maiduguri market



About twelve people have been killed and 48 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri on Wednesday, January 17.


Eye witnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the mayhem was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was detonated by a male suicide bomber at Alai Fadawu market on the outskirts of Maiduguri. One other male bomber detonated the IED strapped to his body and blew up himself alone without causing any other casualties.

The witnesses said the incident occurred at 4pm when people gathered for trading activities.

Aftermath of Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri. Credit: Twitter, Sahara Reporters

The police in Maiduguri has confirmed that 12 persons were killed and 48 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

The commissioner of police, Daminian Chukwu, confirmed the incident. Chukwu said that a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a crowded market killing himself and 10 other persons.

He said: “One other suicide bomber out of panic detonated explosive and blew himself alone into pieces." 

Chukwu disclosed that the corpses and the wounded persons were evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The commissioner called on the people to be vigilant and report suspicious persons in their communities to security agencies.

“People should be vigilant because Boko Haram insurgents have not surrendered," he warned. 

Meanwhile, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole successfully averted what would have been a major attack carried out by three female Boko Haram terrorists against innocent citizens in Gamboru town in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno state in the early hours of Tuesday, January 9.

NAIJ.com gathered that two of the bombers, strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at about 6.45 am when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.

According to a statement by a spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, they were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined.