Two suicide bombers targeting a crowded part of a major market in Maiduguri have blown up themselves up, injuring 17 others in the explosion.
Twin blasts hit the Bulabulin area of the Monday market in the heart of Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno, at about 8.45 am.
Residents said the bombers sneaked into the area as traders were commencing business activities and detonated explosive devices that killed the bombers and injured 17 others.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu confirmed the incident after an earlier statement by the police public relations (PPRO), Victor Isuku.
“Two suicide bombers detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies by Monday market round about. 17 persons sustained various degrees of injuries, and are presently at a specialist hospital. Only the suicide bombers died in the blast,” the statement reads.
Governor Kashim Shettima, who visited the scene of the attacks and the injured at the Accident and Emergency ward of the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, described incident as unfortunate, urging residents to be more vigilant.
Meanwhile, the governor has summoned leaders of markets, motor parks, shopping centers and football fields with heads of security agencies in the state for an emergency security meeting to take place on Monday.
Spokesman to Gov Shettima, Isa Gusau, in a press statement today said the governor called the meeting to reassess the security of the state following the Sunday explosions.
“We will be having an emergency security meeting involving management of all the markets, motor parks, shopping centers, football fields and other attack prone areas and the we will invite the Civilian JTF and of course our security officials so that we cross pollinate ideas and come up with some new measures that will strengthen our existing security structure around markets. We have been taking different steps as the insurgents change their ways, we will all meet and come with measures that will not be made public,” he quoted the governor as saying.