Multiple Bomb Blasts Kill 18, Wound 22 In Borno Market

IGP Idris


LAGOS FEBRUARY 18TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Police Commissioner in Borno State Damian Chukwu, on Saturday confirmed that 18 persons were killed while 22 others injured in an attack on Friday.
Chukwu said a male and two female suicide bombers detonated themselves at the Kasuwar Kifi in Konduga.
He explained that the injured persons were referred to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.
The commissioner added that normalcy has, however, been restored to the area.
However, the National Emergency Management Emergency Zonal Coordinator, Bashir Garza, put the death toll at 17 and 51 injured.
A source had told the News Agency of Nigeria that no fewer than 22 persons were killed and 28 others injured in the suicide bombing.
A witness, Idrissa Bana, told NAN that the three suicide bombers simultaneously detonated the Improvised Explosive Devices on their bodies in the crowded market.
Bana said the explosives killed 22 persons and 28 others sustained injuries, adding that those injured were evacuated to a hospital in Maiduguri.
“There were a lot of people doing last minute shopping when the suicide bombers hit the market,” he said.
A competent security source confirmed the incident, adding that at the moment the identity of the suicide bombers and exact number of causalities could not be ascertained for now.

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