Two female suicide bombers attacked a Muslim praying ground near Maiduguri city in Borno state today, March 16th, killing 22 people. Below are photos from the scene of the incident.
The Nigerian Army confirmed that two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Maiduguri early today killing 22 people and injuring 18.
An official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Danbatta, who coordinated the evacuation of victims, said the attack in Umarari Village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, occurred during early morning prayers.
Sani Usman, a Colonel and the spokesperson for the Army, said in a statement that the first attack targeted a mosque while the second occurred about 50 metres away, and few minutes later.
"This is to confirm that there were twin person-borne improvised explosive attack carried out by two female carriers in Ummarari village near Molai, outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, this morning. Sadly, 22 people were killed and 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
"Troops, security agents and care givers have been mobilized to scene, while the wounded have been evacuated to Molai General Hospital for treatment. The troops, security agents and the Civilian JTF have secured the area and are combing the environment for possible clues.
"While we commiserate with the families of the victims of this dastardly act, we wish to reassure the public that we would continue to rout the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be 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.
"Meanwhile, we implore the 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," the statement said.
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