At least 11 people were confirmed dead after suspected insurgents launched a suicide attack in a Mosque in Maiduguri the capital of Borno State
The suicide bombers, two of them, accompanied by a gunman, infiltrated a mosque in Kushari village behind old CBN quarters Maiduguri at about 5:30am. According to a statement issued by the Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, an “On-the-spot assessment at the scene revealed that at about 0540hrs gunmen suspected to be BH terrorists & suicide bombers infiltrated Gwozari/Kushari in Polo general area, Maiduguri shooting sporadically and detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies.” The statement further says “Eleven people including three bombers died while fifteen others sustained injuries and are currently hospitalized at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.” Damian added that Clearance operations are ongoing by teams of EOD, SARS, PMF, NSCDC and the Military, Channelts Tv reports
It will be recalled that four people were killed and an unknown number of others were kidnapped in a Boko Haram attack on a convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, sources said on Wednesday. A civilian militia member travelling with Kashim Shettima said jihadist fighters staged an ambush near the town of Dikwa at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) on Tuesday. The area, near the town of Gamboru and the border with Cameroon, is a known area of activity of the Boko Haram faction loyal to long-time leader Abubakar Shekau.
Shettima, who is stepping down as governor after a maximum of two four-year terms, has been campaigning for a seat in the Senate in elections on Saturday. He was travelling with the governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress party, Babagana Umaru. Both escaped unhurt and were able to continue to Gamboru, where they spent the night before returning to the state capital, Maiduguri, on Wednesday.
There was no immediate comment from either but a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force said the attack targeted the tail end of the convoy after Shettima had passed. “There was heavy fighting between the attackers and the soldiers and CJTF,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity for security reasons.Many vehicles managed to turn back, however, two soldiers were killed and two other civilians. An unknown number of party supporters were kidnapped along with their vehicle.The bus they were travelling in got stuck in the sand while the driver was trying to manoeuvre and turn back towards Dikwa.
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