Three persons, including a soldier and two suicide bombers were on Tuesday night killed in twin blasts in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division Maiduguri, Col. Tukur Gusau, confirmed the attack to journalists on the telephone yesterday, but did not specify if Boko Haram terrorists were among the casualties.
Gusau however called on the members of the public to be extra-vigilant, and appealed to them to support the military in its efforts to end the insurgency.
The deputy army spokesman said the curfew in the state capital starts from 9.30pm.
A witness and commander of the youth vigilance group in Gomari Airport ward, Habuya Mahmud, said the bomber launched the attack at a checkpoint after the Maiduguri Airport junction, along the Kano-Jos road, and that the two male suicide bombers approached the checkpoint shortly before 10pm.
According to Mahmud, who said he equally participated in the rescue efforts, the attackers approached the checkpoint from an opposite direction and the guard commander, an Air Force sergeant, flagged them down.
“He told them to move closer with raised arms; but as they got close enough to him, they detonated the explosives strapped on them, which resulted in their death and the Air Force personnel,” he said.
He also disclosed that a woman, who was passing through the area at the time of the attack, was injured and was rushed to the Umaru Shehu Hospital at Bulumkuttu.
Borno State Police Command also confirmed the attack when its Commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, in a text message said: “Yes, the was an explosion at about 2210 hours yesterday 25/8/15 by AirportR along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway when two suicide bombers on foot detonated Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs strapped on their bodies during questioning killing themselves and one security personnel. Scene visited to comb and render the area safe. Casualties evacuated to the mortuary as investigation in progress”. Opadokun said.


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