The Borno Police Command has confirmed twenty five persons including five suicide bombers dead while eighty six persons sustained various degrees of injuries following Boko Haram attacks of three Borno villages on Sunday night.
Briefing newsmen over the attacks at the headquarters of Borno state police command yesterday in Maiduguri, the Commissioner of police, Mr Damian Chukwu said the 86 injured are presently receiving treatment at Borno state specialist hospital.
Chukwu said the terrorists who targeted a wedding ceremony that took place in one the three villages came in with five suicide bombers who detonated their improvised explosive devices while the insurgents embarked on sporadic shooting before the Nigerian Military and Men of the Nigeria SARS countered and repelled the attack.
He added that the initial target of the terrorists was to infiltrate Maiduguri Metroplitan but were blocked by the timely efforts of security personnel.
“Easter celebration took place and it was well policed and hitch-free. There was this incidence at Baale Kura and Baale Shuwari villages in Jere local government area. There was a wedding ceremony which lingered into late night hour where some suicide bombers took advantage and infiltrated the ceremony arena followed by detonation of IEDs and sporadic shooting by the Boko Haram terrorists before military countered them.
“As a result of the explosion, 18 Persons died instantly and 5 suicide bombers who are all males also died instantly . Prompt arrival of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), helped in evacuating the injured.
“ A total of 86 persons were injured , two who were badly injured died this morning , bringing the death toll to 20 , in addition to the 5 suicide bombers, bringing total deaths to 25 .We equally deployed our EOD team to sanitize the area for normalcy to continue. I want to assure you that as we speak, normalcy has returned to the villages,” CP Chukwu said.
He added that the incident can’t be attributed to security lapses, but for the fact that the general public are not watchful. Those of them in the rural areas take things for granted, otherwise, how can such ceremony at this point in time take place without the invitation of any security agency. If you are having any occasion and you notice strange faces, report to any of the security outfits for prompt action before the damage is done.
“Recently, the state government procured brand new excavators to dig trenches to make it impossible for enemies to cross over, especially in the Bama axis that the IDPs are returning back to their homes.
“We have equally posted over 400 police mobile force to Bama and the choice of the mobile force is for fire power. In few days time, we will be deploying another 400 to Banki,” Chukwu added.
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