No fewer than 15 people have been reportedly killed and 53 others injured in a twin suicide bomb attacks on Biu market, Saturday morning.
Biu is the biggest town in the South of Borno State, and this is one of the worst attacks on the town by suspected members of Boko Haram.
According to a statement by the spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Victor Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, two female suicide attackers strapped with explosives launched the attack on the main market in the town, the third largest in Borno State, the birth place of Boko Haram.
The statement read: “Today 2/2/2017 at about 1140hrs, two female suicide bombers infiltrated and gained entry into Biu town in Biu Local Government Area.
“One of the bombers detonated the IED strapped on her body within Biu main market, while the other one detonated hers outside the market square.
“So far, a total of 13 persons excluding the two suicide bombers, have been confirmed killed in the two explosions. While 53 others sustained various degrees of injuries.”
According to him, police patrols/EOD teams led by the Acting Area Commander Biu were promptly mobilised and dispatched to the scene.
He said: “The Corpses and the injured persons have been evacuated to General Hospital Biu.”
He said that normalcy had been restored and the area was safe.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army disclosed on Saturday that its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents at Gajibo village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu said that the troops killed the three insurgents when a group of terrorists attempted to attack Gajibo community on Thursday.
He disclosed that the insurgents, who launched the attack on the village in a Military Personnel Carrier and gun trucks, were repelled by the troops.
“Troops of the 22 Brigade deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole on Thursday evening killed three Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter that ensued when a group of insurgents attempted an attack on Gajibo community in the fringes of Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The insurgents armed with Armoured Personnel Carrier and gun trucks met with fierce resistance from the troops, who successfully defended Gajibo village after routing the insurgents. Troops also recovered three AK 47 rifles from the insurgents.
“Currently, troops are further exploiting the success of the counter-offensive and are still in pursuit of the insurgents,” he said
The Deputy Director said that the troops fought gallantly to defend the town and push back the attackers.