Multiple explosions kill 17 in northeast Nigeria

Nigeria police Monday confirmed that five suicide attacks in the embattled Borno State in the northeast killed at least 17 people.

“A total of 17 persons, including the five suicide bombers died, while 11 others sustained injuries and were rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital,’’ said Borno police spokesman Victor Isuku.

The attacks were carried out by female bombers in Kofa Community near Dalori on Sunday.

“On Sunday, at about 2030hrs, five suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from Maiduguri, and situated along Maiduguri to Konduga road," said Mr Isuku said.

Near a mosque

“The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons."

The second, he went on, detonated in a house killing five people, while two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity.

Mr Isuku said normalcy had been restored after the police intervened.

The spokesman of the North East Zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, also confirmed the incident in a statement released on Monday.

A loud bang

Eyewitnesses said in Kofa that the incident occurred at 8:30pm (local time) Sunday, when Muslim faithful were attending their night prayers.

They recounted hearing a loud bang at around 8:30pm, near a mosque, forcing people to run back to their houses

Another blast occurred as efforts were made to rescue the victims of the first blast.

The third explosion occurred after a short while.

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