Mul­ti­ple blasts hit Maiduguri again

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Shehu Abubakar, Maiduguri

Scores of peo­ple were killed while many oth­ers were in­jured in mul­ti­ple bomb blasts which ripped through a residential area of Maiduguri, Borno State yesterday.

Four bombs went off in a sui­cide mis­sion within six min­utes at Sa­jeri area of Go­mari close to Aji­lari Cross where there was a blast a few days to Sal­lah.

A wit­ness told Daily Trust that the sui­cide bombers were girls who vis­ited the area in a tri­cy­cle when peo­ple were pre­par­ing to pray.

“I was late for the prayer which started when I was do­ing abo­lu­tion. The Keke NAPEP (tri­cy­cle) that brought them stopped near me and one of the girls walked straight to­wards the mosque. Be­fore she en­tered, the bomb she was car­ry­ing ex­ploded at 7.30pm. The sec­ond girl ran into a crowd near the mosque and blew her­self up. I could not wait to see any more. I have not been able to count the corpses. But I know that most of the peo­ple in the mosque es­caped be­cause the bomb went off be­fore she en­tered”, he said.

Another res­i­dent said one of the fe­male sui­cide bombers was shot on the legs while still car­ry­ing a bomb, adding, “As I talk to you, she is ly­ing down with her bomb. We are see­ing her from afar. It is dif­fi­cult to say how many peo­ple died. But there are corpses all over the place. Some houses have also been de­stroyed,” he added. As res­cue op­er­a­tion was go­ing on, another bomb went off at 9.19pm. In another de­vel­op­ment, res­i­dents of Mala­muri and Us­mandi around Alao Dam af­ter the Univer­sity of Maiduguri came un­der se­ri­ous at­tack last night. De­tails were sketchy at press time but heavy gun shots were heard in the area.

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