Two suicide bombers have killed at least 11 people and injured more 22 others in separate attacks on Bama/Konduga Highway in Borno State.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed that the twin blasts occurred at Malari village last Thursday at about 1400 hours.
He said, “A female suicide bomber detonated Improvised Explosive Devices, IED, 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.
“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.
Opadokun also confirmed an attack Boko Haram carried out in Kukawa, a community near the Lake Chad area last Wednesday.
An unspecified number of people were killed and propery burnt.
At least eight people are receiving treatment at UMTH.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram has reportedly killed some colleagues of theirs in Miringa, Borno State for renouncing their membership.
At least 11 former members of the terror group were said to have been killed.
Abba Modu, a member of the youth vigilante group, disclosed this to journalists on Friday.
He said the militants stormed Miringa town in southern part of Borno State earlier on Friday before killing members of terrorist group who were said to have defected a few days back.
“They came around 4am today and slit the throats of 11 of their runaway members,” Modu said.
Modu added that the villagers were living in fear among the defectors.
“Everyone knew in the village that the men who recently came back to settle among them were Boko Haram because they had left long ago. By their appearance and sudden return, the villagers had to know that they were not safe,” he said.
Another resident of the town, Ibrahim Mohammed, said about 50 insurgents sneaked into the village and went after the defecting members.
“We heard cries from the area the 11 were living within as they were isolated, we were all too scared to come out as the insurgents were shouting and equally shooting in the air.”
He said later in the day, they found the victims lying in a pool of blood.

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