Nigeria – Suicide bombers attack after Vice President visit

By AT editor - 1 July 2015 at 3:36 pm

On Wednesday July 1 at 11:30 a.m. local time, two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in the northeast of Nigeria just after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited to nearby camps housing people who had been displaced by the conflict produced by Boko Haram’s attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate, Reuters reported.

A military source told Reuters that the attack injured two people near the gates of the hospital where three people were killed and 16 injured just last Saturday. It is not clear as to whether the bombers were intentionally targeting the hospital again or if the bombes had gone off by accident.

A man helping to evacuate people from the area of the blasts and a witness to the scene, Mohammad Haruna, told Reuters that “the second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two people nearby”.

Premium Times reported that a witness had seen whom he suspected to be one of the suicide bombers, a young female believed to be in her teens. Samaila Babayo told the journalists that he “saw the woman while she was trying to find her way into the hospital. She covered herself with a Hijab and wanted to enter the hospital but was forced to stop while approaching the facility.” “I strongly suspect that the explosives in her body were remotely controlled because while guards at the gate of the hospital were shouting at her, we heard a loud bang and that was all, she was completely torn to shreds by her own explosive.”

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