Two female suicide bomber were behind the twin attacks which rocked Borno State capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday, killing at least nine people and injuring 24 others.
One explosion happened outside a gas station, while the other was near the Bakassi camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), underscoring the continued threat from Boko Haram jihadists who are suspected of being behind the attacks.
The first attack by a female suicide bomber occurred at 6 a.m in front of a camp for the internally displaced persons in the Bakassi area as scores of people were coming out of the camp to begin a new day. Five persons died at the scene.
Minutes later a second bomb went off near the NNPC mega station.
The attack was carried out by another female bomber, who was inside a tricycle, popularly called KEKE NAPEP.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said that the bomber was tailing a fuel tanker that was about to discharge fuel at the station.
He said, “Miraculously, a car came in between them. The bomber, whether by error or whatever detonated, killing all the three occupants of the tricycle.There was no other person involved.”
Usman said the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier-General Victor Ezugwu has gone to the scenes of the attacks.