From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri
No fewer than 12 people have been killed in multiple explosions in a remote community in Borno State.
Five female suicide bombers donated explosive devices at Kofa community in Konduga Local Government, about 8km to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Details of the blasts were sketchy as at the time of the incident, on Sunday night.
A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Borno State, Victor Isuku, said the bombers targeted a mosque, killing seven persons.
“At about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.
The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons,” the police said.
It said the second bomb attack occurred in a house in same village killing five persons while the third blast was perpetrated by two other suicide bombers within the same vicinity. Only the two bombers were killed, the police disclosed.
“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to UMTH,” it said.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in soft target in recent time. On June 8, no fewer than 13 people were killed as the insurgent fired heavy weapons into the city through Jiddari-Polo area and detonated explosive devices.