Three persons and a Civilian JTF, have been confirmed dead inthe twin explosions – two separate suicide bombing attacks, that rocked Usmanti and Kaleri area of Mafa LGA, Borno State.
Confirming the incident, the Head Media and Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Sani Datti, said the first of the twin explosions, occurred at about 11:55 pm on Tuesday when the suicide bomber was targeting a security outpost in the Usmanti layout. He was however shot by the military.
The second attack (of the twin explosions) was said to have occurred on Wednesday around 5:30 am, when two suicide bombers a female and a male were trying to gain entry into a mosque in Kaleri area but were spotted on time by the Civilian JTF.
The Kaleri/Muna axis has become notorious as most of the explosions that have occurred in Maiduguri in recent times are either around the place or linked to the area.
Just a week ago, four persons including a Professor of Veterinary Medicine were killed in a suicide attack that occurred in the early hours of the morning at the University of Maiduguri.
Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.
The attack was the first major onslaught on the university since the insurgency began over seven years ago. Although several times, the Boko Haram terrorists have made attempts to attack the University, but have always been repelled by the military.
Boko Haram are said to have launched a new trend of using young women and babies as suicide bombers to avoid being detected by security officials.
The dangerous trend was reported by officials after two female suicide attackers, who were each carrying a baby, walked through a checkpoint and were mistaken as civilians, detonated their bombs in Madagali, Borno State, killing themselves, two babies and four others on 13 January 2017.
Buttressing this further, popular international aid agency, Doctors Without Borders, which has been in Borno State since 2014, there were hardly any children under age 5 at its clinics, hospitals and feeding centres.
Two doctors from the agency- Dr. Joanne Liu and Dr. Natalie Roberts, in a report in 2016 wrote: “There are almost always small children buzzing around the camps. We saw only older brothers and sisters. No toddlers straddling their big sisters’ hips, no babies strapped to their mothers’ backs.”
Boko Haram insurgents have wrecked havoc in the North-east part of Nigeria. Since its emergency in the region, more than 20, 000 people have been killed and countless millions deserted their homes to seek refuge in military camps.
The United States of America has again offered to provide Nigeria with the needed assistance towards winning the war against Boko Hara and fighting violent extremism in Nigeria.
Director of the United States Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart made the commitment on Monday, 23rd January, while on an official visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
Stewart further appreciated the effort and sacrifice of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in fighting the terrorism war and insurgency. He also commiserated with the leadership of the NAF on the unfortunate accidental air strike in Rann, expressing US willingingness to assist the NAF with its investigation in whatever capacity.