Three suicide bombings shook the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Wednesday, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others, security personnel told AFP.
The bombings came two days after multiple suicide attacks near the strategic city that killed four members of the civilian joint taskforce (JTF) and injured two others.
Ahmad Satomi, Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BASEMA) said: “It was a sad morning for us. We lost four people, including Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members and 11 others were wounded in multiple blasts in Maiduguri”.
A senior military officer, who asked not to be identified, said: “There have been three suicide bombings in the city this morning in which one civilian JTF was killed and one other wounded”.
A female suicide bomber ignited the first blast near a sprawling camp for displaced people in the Muna Garage area of Maiduguri at about 4:20 am (0320 GMT).
Not long after the first blast, another female detonated her device in the nearby Muna Kuwait area. Neither of the blast caused casualties.
Musa Ari, a JTF member said that “the general assumption is that the explosives on the two female bombers went off prematurely before reaching their targets”.
“They were obviously trying to sneak into either the IDP (internally displaced people) camp or neighbouring communities under the cover of darkness.”
Twenty minutes later a male suicide bomber blew himself up in the Usmanti area of the city, killing a JTF member and injuring another, the officer said, an account supported by Ari.
The militia had tried to stop the bomber for interrogation when they became suspicious of his movements, Ari said.
According to Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 11 people in total were injured.
The Boko Haram insurgency has increased the rate at which it carries out suicide attacks in and around Maiduguri in the past few months after losing captured territory to the military.
On March 22, four suicide blasts rocked the camp for the displaced in Muna, killing at least three and injuring 20 persons.
The suicide bombers, who are mostly women, sneak into the city before dawn, most times to attack mosques during morning prayers.
They are usually stopped by JTF patrols, so in order to avoid being arrested, the attackers often detonate the explosives prematurely.