No fewer than 25 persons were feared dead following an early morning attack by a female suicide bomber at a prayer ground in Umurari village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
About 17 other persons who are Muslims sustained varying degrees of injuries in the attack that took place shortly after prayers began.
Meanwhile, the acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, has confirmed the attack to The Trent.
He said: “This is to confirm that there were twin Person-borne improvised explosive attack carried out by two female carriers in Ummarari village near Molai, outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, this morning.
“The first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast about 50 metres away, a few minutes later. Sadly, 22 people were killed and 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
“Troops, security agents and care givers have been mobilized to scene, while the wounded have been evacuated to Molai General Hospital for treatment.
“The troops, security agents and the Civilian JTF have secured the area and are combing the environment for possible clues.While we commiserate with the families of the victims of this dastardly act, we wish to reassure the public that we would continue to rout the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be hiding.
“We will not rest on our oars until all those that masterminded this latest heinous and other similar crimes are apprehended and brought to justice.
“Meanwhile, we implore the members of the public to be more security conscious, cooperate with the troops and security agencies. They should also please report any suspicious persons, objects or happenings to troops or security agencies at all times.”