From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri
Five suicide bombers who found their ways into camps for displaced Boko Haram victims have blew up themselves, killing four persons and injuring 18 others.
The suicide bombers sneaked into Gulumba, Muna Da’ati and Sini Baya IDPs camps located at Muna area at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno’s capital at about 4.30am, detonated the explosive devices strapped to their bodies. “In all, four people were killed. Two at Gulumba camp, one at Muna Da’ati and one at Sini Baya IDPs camp,” Police Commissioner, Borno Command Damian Chukwu told Daily Sun at the scene.
“A total of 18 people were injured and have been evacuated to the hospital for treatment,” the police chief added.
Chukwu urged residents to be more vigilant to foil attempts by Boko Haram bombers to infiltrate their communities to detonate bombs. He however maintained the affected camps were not officially recognized by the authority. Executive Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi who was also at the scene of the blasts insisted that “due process was not followed in the establishment of the camp” making it susceptible for penetration by the Boko Haram bombers.
The victims are displaced persons that fled their homes at Gulumba in Kala Balge Local Government, Dikwa and Konduga local governments in the central part of Borno State, witnesses said. Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), northeast, Abdulkadir Ibrahim in a statement said the first location, Gulumba houses about 199 internally displaced persons.