Explosion kills 3 suicide bombers; destroys fuel tankers in Maiduguri

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By kingsley omonobi
Three suspected suicide bombers have been killed after one of them detonated an explosive device close to stationed fuel tankers early this morning along Damboa Road Maiduguri.

Two other fuel Tankers were also burnt as a result of the explosion.

Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim disclosed that the bodies of the three suicide bombers have been evacuated by emergency workers.

And that “The fire has been brought under control while casualty evacuation has been concluded.”

“Three suicide bombers came into the city through Damboa around 3:00 am (0200 GMT) and they were spotted by civilian (vigilantes),” he said.

“They quickly ran and hid under three petrol tankers, where one of them detonated his explosives, killing all of them.”

Two of the bombers were women and the third male.

Sources said no other person was affected in the explosion.

Borno state police confirmed the incident and said its officers had been sent to the scene.

The blasts in Maiduguri are the latest blamed on suicide bombers, who continue to pose a threat to civilians despite military claims of success against Boko Haram Islamists.

On February 17, as many as seven bombers, six of them women, tried to attack Maiduguri but were either shot by security personnel or detonated their explosives before reaching their targets.

There have been similar attacks against mosques and security checkpoints.

The Boko Haram insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead since it began in 2009 and has displaced more than 2.6 million others.

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