The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 22 people in the latest bomb attack in Ummarari village near Maiduguri, Borno.
The Army Public Relations Direvtor, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Wednesday, said the attack was carried out by two female suicide bombers.
According to Usman, the first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast occurred about 50 metres away, a few minutes later.
He said that 22 people were killed and 18 others sustained various degrees of injury.
Usman said troops, other security agents and care givers had been mobilised to the scene, while the wounded had been evacuated to Molai General Hospital for treatment.
He said security agents and the Civilian JTF had secured the area and were combing the environment for possible clues.
The Army spokesman while commiserating with the families of the victims, reassured the public that the military would continue to rout the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they were hiding. “We will not rest on our oars until all those that masterminded this latest heinous and other similar crimes are apprehended and brought to justice,” he added.
Usman implored members of the public to be more security conscious, cooperate with the troops and security agencies. “They should also please report any suspicious persons, objects or happenings to troops or security agencies at all times,” he said.
Meanwhile, Usman also disclosed that troops of the Nigerian army on clearance operation of Boko Haram camps and hideouts have recovered an army Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at Bulasari, Borno State.
The Army Spokesman in a statement Wednesday said troops of 120 Task Force Battalion cleared the camp at Bulasari, after clearing Golgore camp on Tuesday.
He said: “during the operation, quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed while one of our soldiers sustained gunshot wound. The soldier’s condition is stable and is currently being managed at Damaturu General Hospital.”
He said: “One of the most significant aspects of the operation was the recovery of Nigerian Army Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) earlier captured by the terrorists during an attack on Buni Yadi on 9th July 2015. The APC was discovered at Golgore River line and it has since been evacuated,” Usman added.