Twelve people have reportedly been killed while 48 sustained injuries in multiple suicide attacks in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
Abdulkadir Ibrahim, information officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the north-east, confirmed the incident, saying it occurred around 3pm on Wednesday.
Ibrahim said an emergency response team comprising NEMA, SEMA and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), were deployed to evacuate victims of the attack.
“The victims were evacuated to the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and general hospital for treatment while the dead were deposited at the mortuary.
“Details will be provided by the security agencies in due course,” he said.
Damian Chukwu, commissioner of police in Borno, said a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a crowded market killing himself and 10 other persons.
“One other suicide bomber out of panic detonated explosive and blew himself alone into pieces,” he said.
Chukwu called on the people to be vigilant and report suspicious persons in their communities to security agencies.
“People should be vigilant because Boko Haram insurgents have not surrendered,” he warned.
The incident occurred at at Alai Fadawu market of Muna Garage area on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Muna Garage has recorded a series of suicide bomb attacks coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents in the past one year.