An attempt yesterday by numerous suicide bombers belonging to the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, to launch a major attack on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, failed, but resulted in the destruction of trucks and the wounding of several security operatives, according to the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).
In a statement, NEMA’s spokesman, Sani Datti, disclosed that the attack by the Islamist insurgents took place last night 11 p.m. He stated that the eight suicide bombers, most of them female teenagers, were in a Volkswagen Golf vehicle and traveled through Mafa-Dikwa Road along Muna community.
NEMA added that the driver of the Volkswagen Golf car intended to run over security agents included members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, who were stationed at a post. A few of the security agents sustained minor injuries, NEMA said, adding that another group of suicide bombers detonated their improvised explosive devices at some of the communities in Muna Dalti settlement.
“Seven Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) sustained minor injuries and were taken to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH),” Mr. Datti stated. According to him, some of the suicide bombers detonated themselves at a location where commuters loaded trucks with goods bound for such destinations as Mafa, Dikwa and Ngala local government areas. He disclosed that there was no casualty, but more than 14 loaded trucks were burnt. A team of NEMA and State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) officials removed the seven corpses of the suicide bombers to the State Specialist Hospital, the statement disclosed.