Maiduguri, Nov 16: At least 18 people have been killed and 29 others wounded in northeast Nigeria after four suicide bombers carried out multiple attacks, state police said.
The first explosion took place at a prayer ground in the Muna Gari suburb of the regional capital, Maiduguri.
Other attacks followed in the same neighbourhood.
“At about 6:13pm local time (17:13 GMT), four suicide bombers – two males and two females – infiltrated Muna Gari community and detonated IED strapped to their bodies at different locations,” Victor Isuku, Borno State Police Command spokesman, said in a statement.
“A total of eighteen persons including the four suicide bombers, died in the multiple explosions,” he confirmed.
Isuku said those injured were rushed to the University of Maiduguri teaching hospital and the State Specialist Hospital for medical attention.
According to the statement, police patrol and bomb disposal teams promptly mobilised to the scene to sanitise and render the area safe.
The statement also said that order had been restored to the community.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The city of Maiduguri is an epicentre of activity for the armed Boko Haram group, which launched its campaign in northeast Nigeria eight years ago.
Reports from the Nigerian city of Lagos, said although Boko Haram did not claim responsibility, “it looked like a coordinated attack by the armed group”.
“What we are hearing now is that funeral services for those who have been killed in the attack are being held in Maiduguri,” he said.