Residents of Maiduguri were given a rude awakening on Wednesday, when an unofficial camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and residential quarters were attacked by suicide bombers.
The attacks, which were unleashed by five persons at different locations in the suburb of the troubled Borno State capital, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), left three dead and 20 persons injured.
According to the North-east information officer of the agency, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, the attacks were simultaneously executed at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
A statement by NEMA said: “A series of bomb blasts have occurred in three locations around the Muna Garage area of Maiduguri metropolis. The incidents occurred at about 4 a.m.
“The first location was at Muna Kumbori, an unofficial host community camp housing 199 internally displaced persons, which was attacked by three suicide bombers and led to the death of two persons.
“The second location was at Muna Dagalti which was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing another person.
“The third location was at Muna Bulaya attacked by a suicide bomber who was the only casualty.”
Ibrahim added: “A total of five suicide bombers all male adults were involved in the incidents killing three persons. 20 persons with various degrees of injuries were administered with first aid by the emergency response team and transported to the State Specialists Hospital while the remains of the dead have been deposited at the mortuary.”
Also confirming the suicide bombings at the scene of the attacks, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, said three suicide bombers killed four other persons in attacks that left 18 persons injured.