The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the attack on Maiduguri, Borno State capital by Boko Haram, Thursday night. A total of nine members of sect were killed.
Multiple explosions ripped through the city at about 11 p.m. on Thursday as three female suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts near Muna Garage, a popular bus station that has suffered many of such attacks in recent times.
The spokesman for the Borno command, DSP Victor Isukwu, said only the suicide bombers died in the attack.
“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self,” he said.
“The resulting explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy.
He also confirmed that soldiers had in the night spotted some persons on motorcycle and opened fire in their direction.
But according to witnesses, the explosions killed two residents, as against claims by the Police that only the suicide bombers were killed in the attack.
A witness, who identified himself as Ayuba Ibrahim, told journalists that seven Civilian-JTF operatives were also injured, while all the suicide bombers died.
“But most of the trucks that were loaded with goods for export to Chad and the border communities were destroyed and commodities worth millions of naira may have been destroyed,” said Ibrahim, a businessman from Taraba State.
Civilian-JTF operatives said few hours after the Muna explosions, soldiers at Muna Dalti, a location about 1 kilometre away from the first explosion, shot six suicide bombers who were attempting to sneak into town at about 2 a.m, making a total of nine sect members who wanted to invade the city.