Three people were confirmed dead in two suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri on Wednesday morning.
Leader of the local vigilante, Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, said that one of the attackers was spotted and shot dead by a military sniper at about midnight as he was advancing towards a security check post in Usmanti layout of Maiduguri.
“We heard the first explosion about some few minutes after midnight but soldiers were able to stop him from carrying out his attack when they shot him near the security check post in Usmanti.“
His bombs went off not quite 50 meters away from the sandbags at thecheck post as soon as the soldier sitting on top of a security observatio npost shot at him,”
Bello said.He narrated that the second attack occurred at about 5.30 a.m. by a teenage girl who blew herself up after members of the Civilian-JTF tried to stop her.
Bello said: “The second one was a young girl who was trying to attack worshipers in a mosque during the early morning prayer time at about 5.30 am.
“Some of our boys tried to stop her so she decided to detonate the bomb,which killed her and one of our members. Two others were injured by the explosion as well”.
“We are just leaving the site of the second blast now, and everything is calm now”, he said.
Borno State Police spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident and promised to provide more details at a press briefing by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu.