Maiduguri attack update: Police confirm 19 killed 23 injured

Police confirmed that 19 persons were killed and 23 others injured
Police confirmed that 19 persons were killed and 23 others injured

The police in Borno State have confirmed that 19 persons were killed and 23 others injured after four Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri on Tuesday night.

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who addressed journalists at one of the scenes of the blasts, said most of the victims were operatives of the Civilian-JTF.

“Twelve Civilian-JTF operatives were killed in all the attack and the rest were civilian victims”, he said.

He said the seven civilian residents that died were killed when they gathered to mourn the death of the 12 Civilian-JTF operatives.

“The suicide bombers attacked the crowd of mourners and killed seven of them, leaving many others injured”, he said.

The spokesman of the Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, said the suicide bombers specifically targeted his colleagues on duty.

“A teenage female suicide bomber actually crept to the sandbag post of our boys at Molai and before they could realise what was happening, she detonated explosives on her body and killed three of our boys”, he said.

“That happened simultaneously with the one that occurred at the tea vendor’s where seven of our members who took their time off to eat their dinner were killed”.

“Another one took place not far away from where the first blast took place which killed one of our operatives that were trying to stop her. While the fourth blast that happened at Jiddumeri also took the life of one of our operatives as well.

“We lost 12 of our operatives in all,” Mr. Danbatta said.

PREMIUM TIMES was at the scene of the blast where the mourning residents were seen preparing the bodies of the victims for interment.

Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a series of Boko Haram suicide attacks in Maiduguri in 2017.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths, mainly in North-eastern Nigeria since 2009.


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  • Intrepid

    The zooland is cursed because of Buhari.

  • George

    Thank God Sheriff is going back to them now.

    Useless backward mumu animals northerners wicked soulless group of animals wasted generations of Baboons and Monkeys

  • North/West Allies

    I don’t understand why our government and security operatives are lying about Boko haram

    • George

      Because God Almighty has set in confusion and destruction in their means.

      The same Boko Haram Obama use to give them power and the same Boko Haram will destroy them all.

      • Paschal Charles

        Only in the ZOO you can see this kind of nonsense killings happening . Tomorrow somebody will tell me Biafrans must stay in Nigeria .

      • bashwaziri

        Can you prove your allegations? Boko Haram started before APC was even formed and during Yar’Adua Presidency. We are not in a beer parlor gossip roundtable. Speak like an educated person pls