9 persons feared dead, 13 others injured in Borno bomb blasts

Nine persons have been feared dead, while 13 others were seriously injured in Borno State as seven suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated their strapped explosives at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and Zannari community.

The attacks which occurred on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. and in the early hours of Monday were disclosed on Monday in Maiduguri at a press conference held by the Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu.

He said that a female suicide bomber entered the university premises and detonated her explosives, killing herself and injuring three security personnel. According to Chukwu, one of the injured, Becky Edubi later died while being treated at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

The police chief further disclosed that four female suicide bombers also infiltrated Zannari community at about 10: 30 pm and detonated their explosives at two residential buildings, killing eight people, and injuring 11 others. The third suspect killed herself by detonating an IED strapped to her body.

“The fourth female suicide bomber, identity not known, who was arrested also died the same night (Sunday) as a result of injuries she sustained. Yet in another development in the early hours of Monday, by 4:08 a.m., two female suicide bombers detonated their IEDs within the premises of the university.

“One of the suspects, detonated her explosives near the Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition Centre, and killed herself, without any casualties.”

Chukwu said that the other suspect detonated the explosives behind the Works Department complex, and also killed herself, with no other casualties. He, however, said that the police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) were immediately mobilised to the scenes of the blasts to restore normalcy. The bodies of the nine people killed, and those injured were evacuated to hospital for deposition and treatment.

“The police and other security agencies operating in the state have provided credible intelligence to the military to identify where these explosives are manufactured by insurgents. As I address you right now, military operations are ongoing in Maiduguri and its environs,” Chukwu said.

Source: Guardian/ ChannelsTV

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