Irate Borno youths chase SEMA officials with clubs after bomb attack


Following an early-morning suicide bomb attack at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri, Borno State, which left eight people dead, a mob has attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) who were on rescue mission at the scene of the attack .

According to NAN, youths in the area attacked the SEMA Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and render assistance to the blast victims.

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The youths were said to be angered by recent spate of suicide bombings in Maiduguri.

Some of them chanted slogans against relief officials, saying: “Leave, we do not need your assistance.”

The youths, armed with club and sticks, smashed a SEMA vehicle and prevented the team from carrying out its mission.

It took the intervention of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to rescue the SEMA officials.

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An official of the state emergency agency, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, but said only their vehicle was damaged.

A female suicide bomber, whom residents had tried to apprehend for looking suspicious, ran into a mosque in the area and detonated the explosive strapped on her body.

Muhammad Grema, a witness who lost some of his friends in the attack, revealed that the incident occurred at about 5:00 am.

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Meanwhile, two female suicide bombers, who attempted to cross the security trenches at about 10:15 pm on Sunday, were killed at Mammanti area on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

Soldiers guarding the trenches shot the women as  a result of which the explosive strapped to their bodies detonated, blowing them to pieces.



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