Scores sustained varying degrees of injuries as a suicide bomber believed to be a member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect blew up himself near a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri, Borno State in the wee hours of Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
The suicide bomber was reportedly strapped with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which exploded around 4:30 am.
An unconfirmed report said that the suicide bombers were two in number, but one of them escaped without detonating his IED.
The Trent gathered that men of the Civilian JTF and volunteered residents have reportedly embarked on a search with the aim of apprehending the fleeing suicide bomber.
Sources said, “The suicide bomber who disguised as a worshipper attempted to enter the nearby Masalacin Kofar Shehu Councillor (mosque) when Muslim faithful were performing their morning prayers, but the IEDs he was carrying exploded few metres to the mosque leaving the suicide bomber dead with few others who were about to enter the mosque injured”.
Narrating the incident, an eye witness, Sulimanti, Mallam Ali Aji, who was at the mosque as at the time of the explosion said the worshippers fled the mosque to avod being victimized.
He said:“Immediately after the blast, worshippers had to desert the mosque for dear lives, before men of the Civilian JTF and military arrived the scene and cordon off the whole area, as I am speaking to you now, the charred body of the suicide bomber is scattered all over the place.”
The injured victims have been rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment.
There is yet to be an official confirmation of the incident from authorities as at the time of filing the report.