Two killed as female suicide bombers attack Maiduguri cattle market


Two female suicide bombers on Monday caused heavy explosion outside the gate of Maiduguri cattle market leading to the death of one of them.

The second was lynched and eventually died, witnesses and an official said.

The deafening explosion thundered across Maiduguri causing panic among residents.

The blast was heard at about 8.40 a.m. when two young girls, in their teens, tried to invade the usually crowded cattle market.

The Borno police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident via a WhatsApp message.

“At about 0840hrs today, explosion by two female suicide bombers occurred at kasuwa shanu market Maiduguri.

“One of the bombers was instantly killed in the explosion, while the second was lynched by irate mob in the vicinity. EOD team and other security forces mobilized to the scene and detonated the unexploded IED.

“Normalcy restored to the area while security has been beefed up within the area and other parts of the city!”

One other person was injured from the blast.

Sunday’s suicide attempt occurred a day after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Nigeria Army had liberated Sambisa Forest, the former stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents.

The army also warned that fleeing Boko Haram members were escaping the forest to civilian territories around Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.


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  • Rominiyis

    The second suicide bomber should not have been killed. She was brainwashed. She was just another victim of this terrible misguided group. If her life was spared good intelligence could be obtained as well. Anyone with no government approval and reconozed education should not be allowed to teach religion.

    • Sule

      You are right. The second bomber SHOULD NOT have been killed. She should have been the source of intelligence gathering. She should have provided answers to where she was strapped with the explosives. Lead the army to the house where she was strapped. Nigerians, please learn.

  • serubawon70

    Capturing Sambisa is a commendable achievement. These bombings must be tackled next. Thank God they failed this time aronnd.

    • Otile

      Killing Imam Abu Shekau several times is also a commendable achievement. Returning all the Chibok girls must be tackled next. Thank God we cannot be deceived again.

      • aboki

        We know you by your attitude Otile n sadistic wishes on continuous destruction and killing of innocent souls forgetting that God is watching you.
        Peace n prosperity would prevail in Nigeria despite all odds Otile.
        I advised you to please be visiting your Dr for regular check up to avoid MATSALA
        Nigeria we hail thee!

      • serubawon70

        You are quite right. Shekau was first killed in 2009(by nov. Yaradua was out of the picture) Then in 2010 Again he was declared dead in 2013 Also on 24 sept. 2014 he was declared killed with video evidence by Jonathan administration. In 2015 Idris Deby also declared Shekau dead before he was presumed dead in a raid in 2016. That led BBC to write a report on *the six lives of Shekau*. Chibok girls were kidnapped on 14 April 2014. Until Goodluck was unseated in on May 29 2015 nothing was achieved to recover them. Truly we will not be deceived again

  • marc umeh

    Why would they crowd lynch the lone survivor. Why ?
    The only way to get reliable first-hand intelligence on the whereabout of these bomb builders is through interrogation of these drugged , confused , heavily indoctrinated captives. Somebody , probably somewhere in Maidugri , fitted them with those bombs. That factory is still active but could have been dismantled .
    The only answer is to educate the public. It can only save lives.