Bombs, protests rock Maiduguri

Posted by News Express | 17 July 2017 | 1,148 times

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•Scene of a suicide bomb attack.

An early Monday morning suicide attack which killed eight people in a Maiduguri Mosque has caused a protest by youths, who are aggrieved over the incessant attacks on the Borno state capital.

The angry youths were reported to have attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who were on rescue mission at the scene of suicide bomb attack.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the attacked occurred at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri.

A female suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the area killing eight worshipers and 15 others sustained injuries.

The rampaging youths attacked the SEMA’s Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and to render assistance to the victims.

The youths were said to have been angered over the spate of suicide attacks coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents.

The youth angry chanted various slogans against the relief officials, saying: “SEMA and other agencies you are providing services to people and yet you kill us’’.

“You better leave, we do not need your assistance”.

The youth armed with clubs and sticks smashed one of the SEMA’s vehicles and prevented the team from carrying out its mission.

It took the intervention of the members Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to rescue the team from the area.

A SEMA official, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, and added that the team was at the scene of the bomb attack to provide immediate assistance to the victims.

NAN learnt that the residents of the area tried to capture a lady suicide suspect who ran into the mosque and detonated the explosive strapped on her body.

A witness, Malam Muhammad Grema, told NAN that the incident occurred at about 5:00 am.

Grema said that he lost some his friends in the attack.

Meanwhile, two female suicide bombers were killed at Mammanti area, an outskirt of Maiduguri.

It was gathered that the attackers cross the trenches in an attempt to enter the town at about 10:15 pm on Sunday.

Soldiers guarding the trenches shot the women, causing the detonation of explosive strapped in their bodies.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Isuzu, said the commissioner of Police would brief the press later on the incident.

A check shows that the frequency of suicide bombing in Maiduguri, especially at the University of Maiduguri and environs since decimation of Boko Haram is becoming worrisome.

The University Mosque has remained vulnerable to suicide attacks ever since.

In one of such attacks on the Mosque on June, Professor Alyiu Mani who served as the university’s Director of Veterinary Services, was killed along with five others.

The suicide attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram also killed 16 persons on July 27 in a coordinated suicide bombings at the university and Zannari community in Maiduguri.

The university on June 25 came under a series of attacks as suicide bombers detonated explosives at different locations, including the security office where two lives were reportedly lost.

On June 6, police on surveillance duty around the university gunned down two male suicide bombers who were attempting to sneak into the campus.

On May 13, three suicide bombers were killed when they attempted to infiltrate the Department of Works of the University of Maiduguri.

A security guard at the University was also killed from the explosions the bombers planted. 

•Credit (except headline): NAN.

Source: News Express

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