Two suicide bombers set off bombs around midnight on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, killing a soldier and injuring a woman in the process.
Anonymously confirming the incident to newsmen, an eyewitness, who is also a member of the youth vigilante, Civilian JTF in Ngomari area of the city said: “I was there on duty with the soldiers when the incident happened at about 11 p.m. At that time the curfew hours was getting serious and movements of both vehicles and pedestrians have begun to reduce,” said the Civilian-JTF Commander.
“The soldiers at the security checkpoint at the roundabout that leads to the Airport, saw two men moving from the opposite direction of the airport junction. They got suspicious and invited them to approach them.
“They asked the two men to raise up their hands – one of them complied and the other didn’t, but they kept on moving. We all watched them from a little distance as they inched closer to the soldiers. Then suddenly the suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers went off in thunderous explosion which instantly killed them both and a soldier, who was a Flight Lieutenant.
“The soldier that was killed was sitting down on the median separator of the highway under a street lamp pole, chatting with a young lady that he stopped when she was seen trekking home minutes before the blast. He was hit by a metal which killed him instantly, while the young lady sustained serious injury in her arm and is currently hospitalised”