According to Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Damian Chukwu, the female suicide bombers who were between the ages of 13 and 16 years, tried to gain entry into the Alhaji Bunu Mosque during the morning prayers in Jiddari Polo general area on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Channels TV reported that they were however, prevented by the policemen on patrol and unarmed vigilante men also praying in the same mosque.
“In the ensuing stampede, both bombers ran into an uncompleted building in the neighbourhoods, collided and simultaneously exploded, killing only themselves,” he said.
The police commissioner who confirmed that no other casualty was recorded in the incident, also added that normalcy has been restored in the area and the remains of the girls have been evacuated. He also said that the police and the EOD team deployed have sanitised and rendered the area safe.
Few weeks ago, it was also reported that security operatives foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack in Alikaramti near Giwa barracks in Maiduguri.
Mr Joseph Kwaji, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said in a statement in Maiduguri that the incident occurred when two suspected female suicide bombers tried to infiltrate the area in the night.
Kwaji said that the suicide bombers were intercepted by security operatives on duty who frustrated the plans by preventing them from gaining entry into the area. He disclosed that the suicide bombers detonated the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their body and killed themselves only.
He said, however, that nine other persons sustained injuries caused by the blast.
“On March 14, at about 20:25 hours, two female suicide bombers in an attempt to infiltrate into Alikaramti area, after Giwa barrack, were intercepted by security operatives on duty.
“They hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped to their body killing themselves and injuring nine others,” the PPRO said.