UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8PM: OFFICIAL BOMB BLAST DEATH TOLL RISES TO 18
Additional reports coming from the suspected Boko Haram attack at Manu Market in Maiduguri Wednesday said, “The suspected Boko Haram members were three in number and all died in the suicide attack,” an official of the Joint Military Task Force said.
“The explosion occurred when the taxi was attempting to join the convoy of other vehicles heading to Gamboru town. The suicide bomber who is reasonably believed to be one of the female casualties, was picked along the road.” The Police PPRO, DSP Emmanuel Isuzu added.
Officials at the Maiduguri general hospital confirmed they have 18 bodies and were treating 26 people with various injuries.
This ‘group’ attack is new in the style Boko Haram is adopting to carry out attacks in public places in Nigeria. Boko Haram suicide bombers have generally carried out attacks either singly or with their handlers who follow to ensure the attack was carried out.
President Muhammed Buhari, in a condolence message, said, “I am disheartened by the news of the bomb blast in Maiduguri. My condolences to the families of the victims, and the Borno State Government… This attack has further strengthened our resolve to completely neutralize Boko Haram.”