A multiple suicide attack has killed 17 people in a suburb of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Sunday, police has said. Victor Isuku, in a statement, said the incident, which took place at Kofa community, some kilometres from Maiduguri, claimed 17 lives and injured 11 others. He said the injured were rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Isuku said the attacks were carried by five female suicide bombers around 8:30pm.
“Multiple suicide bomb attacks happened yesterday Sunday 18/6/2017, at about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from Maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.
“The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons.
“While two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.
“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
“EOD team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored,” the statement read in part.