Two female suicide bombers today attacked Maiduguri again near a market where they killed several people last week. SaharaReporters learnt that the two female bombers carried the explosives in the back of their hijab dress, arrived a hair braiding salon and blew themselves up as a female civilian-JTF operatives made to search them.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jubrin, confirmed the explosions which were heard at about 11:20 but said it was too early to make casualty assessment.
“We all heard the explosions in town, but it will be too early now to say what actually
happened and what damage was caused by the explosion until much later,” said the PPRO.
An eyewitness, Abba Ibrahim who works as security guard at the government hospital near the market said the thunderous blasts had caused several traders to scamper to safety.
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“Presently, we can see people running for their lives, so cannot confirm to you the extent of damage, but the two blasts we just heard were too loud that it could cause more damage than the ones of last week,” said Ibrahim.
A trader, Bala Dauda who spoke with AP on phone said:
“The security and other aid workers are busy evacuating the dead and injured persons from the scene of the explosion…I can’t say how many were killed or injured but I have seen very many victims dripping with blood, others with parts of their bodies dismembered by the blasts.”