3 reported dead in twin suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri

Three persons have been reported dead in Maiduguri, Borno state after two bomb blasts rocked the city. The explosions, said to be suicide attacks, occurred early on Wednesday, January 25, according to Premium Times. The first blast occurred at about midnight when a male suicide bomber attempted to attack a security point in the Usmanti Layout area, but was gunned down by soldiers on duty.

The second blast reportedly occurred at about 5.30 a.m. when a teenage girl, blew herself up near a mosque after being caught by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).
“We are just leaving the site of the second blast now, and everything is calm now,” local vigilante head, Danbatta Bello said.
“We heard the first explosion about some few minutes after midnight but soldiers were able to stop him from carrying out his attack when they shot him near the security check post in Usmanti.
“His bombs went off not quite 50 meters away from the sandbags at the check post as soon as the soldier sitting on top of a security observation post shot at him.
“The second one was a young girl who was trying to attack worshippers in a mosque during the early morning prayer time at about 5.30am. Some of our boys tried to stop her so she decided to detonate the bomb, which killed her and one of our members. Two others were injured by the explosion as well,” he added.
The incident has been confirmed by police spokesman in Borno, Victor Isuku.
The latest bombing comes about a week after Nigerian Air Force fighter jets dropped bombs on an Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camp in Rann, Borno state.

The death toll from the accidental bombing is reported to have risen to 236.