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11 killed as suicide bombers target Borno highways

03 July 2015, 11:16Augustine Osayande

Abuja - At least 11 people have been killed after two separate suicide bombings were carried out in Borno State by suspected female terrorists.

More than 20 people have been injured.

The State Police Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed the blasts on Friday.

“There was an explosion at Malari village along Bama/Konduga Highway on 2/7/15 (Thursday) at about 1400 hours," said Opadokun.

"A female suicide bomber detonated IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) strapped to her body, killing herself and seven others."

He added that 13 persons sustained injuries in the first highway blast while another along Allau Dam road on Bama/Konduga Highway by a female suicide bomber also killed three other persons including the bomber.

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“Corpses and injured victims evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH)," he said.

A security source said the two female bombers targeted crowded areas along the highway where locals sell fruits.

“Eight people including the Boko Haram bomber died in the first explosion while three were killed by the second blast along same highway, located southeast of the state, about 45 kilometres to Maiduguri,” said a source.
Meanwhile,  Opadokun confirmed an attack Boko Haram carried out in Kukawa, a community near the Lake Chad area on Wednesday.

An unspecified number of people were killed and properties burnt.

At least eight people are receiving treatment at UMTH.

- CAJ News


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