How Suicide Bomber Killed Over 18 People In Borno Market
Kasuwan Kifi is a busy market in Sabon Gari area in Konduga Local Government Area in outskirt Borno State once considered the stronghold of the Boko haram sect.
Their leader is on the run, according to the army, but some members of the terrorist group seems to have received matching order before he ran away in the heat of massive clearance operations in Sambisa forest area and other locations they inhabit.
Market had opened on Friday and everybody was going about their buying and selling peacefully.
It was already late,8:00 p.m to be precise and many people were trying to make last minute purchases and leave the market when three suicide bombers strategically detonated explosive devices strapped to their body.
While some women were busy frying beans cake, popularly called Akara, some other boys were around the location entirely drawn away by the snooker game there were engaged in.
The military had few days ago warned residents of Borno and Adamawa States to be vigilant and watch out for these enemies they had chased out of the bastions.
The three suicide bombers capitalised on their concentration on the Snooker game to strike, taking 18 souls with them.
Police had visited the market earlier in the day and cleared the area of congestion and had left when the suicide bombers came.
The incident occurred on Friday at about 8:00 p.m., when three suicide bombers detonated explosives at the fish market (Kasuwan Kifi) at Sabon Gari, remote community in Konduga Local Government at the outskirts of Maiduguri.
“There were many people there frying bean cake (kose/akara), yams and other consumables.
"There were also young men playing snooker there.
"The bombers detonated explosives at about 8:00 p.m. yesterday (Friday night), killing themselves and 18 others. Twenty others were also injured,” Chukwu disclosed.
Mr Chukwu said the police Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD) was “quickly dispersed” to the sceen to clear the environment of possible unexploded bombs.
Those injured have been evacuated and rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment.
The bomb attack came barely two days after the military warned residents to be “extra-vigilant.”
Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Rogers Nocholas at a press conference last Wednesday said some of the insurgents who may have fled military bombardment at Sambisa, Boko Haram stronghold and around the Lake Chad Basin area could sneak into the city or town to perpetrate suicide attacks.