Posted by News Express | 3 April 2018 | 1,985 times
Despite assurances of adequate security from the Federal Government to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes claiming to have decimated the Boko Haram sect, the extremists returned with vengeance Sunday, unleashing strings of suicide bombings who killed no fewer than 25 persons and injuring 80 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as confirmed by the state police command.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who briefed journalists on the incident on Monday, said the high number of casualties was as a result of the insurgents’ strike at a social gathering, wedding ceremony, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
He said 18 persons were lost on the spot as five male suicide bombers lounged at a gathering of people attending a wedding ceremony.
He said the five suicide bombers were mangled beyond recognition and they were packed alongside 18 other corpses to the mortuary.
He said later on Monday two other persons died among the 86 persons injured as a result of the multiple explosion.
He said: “On April 1, 2018, at about 2020 hours, Boko Haram terrorists in an attempt to infiltrate into Maiduguri through Bale Kura, Bale Shuwari, Jamine and Alikaramti villages of Jere Local Government Area, outskirts of Maiduguri township detonated IEDs.
“They were promptly repelled by the military and police reinforcements. In the process, about 84 persons were injured while 20 persons were killed in the attack.”
He added that another five mutilated corpses of male suicide bombers were discovered and that two undetonated suicide vests were recovered and rendered safe by Police EOD.
He said policemen have been mobilised to the scenes of the attacks to sanitise the areas and return normalcy.
He, however, lamented that the attack would have been truncated had the members of the areas been alive to their civic responsibility of alerting security operatives of any security threat.
He said many of the society should be alive to security in their area. “They should be able to apprehend anybody they feel is a security threat, they can also alert the security agents on any strange faces or anything you think might threaten the security of your area.”
•Adapted from a THISDAY report.
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