The Borno State Police Command said on Friday that a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosive in the midst of 13 trucks along Maiduguri/Mafa Road leading to mass destruction.
The Spokesman of the command, Victor Isuku, said this in a statement in Maiduguri.
Isuku said: “On Thursday at about 2318 hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick-up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala in the early hours of Friday.
“He detonated an Improvised Explosive Device strapped on his body.”
Though the spokesman said only the bomber, suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect, was killed during the incident as the vehicles were parked empty, reports from the area indicated otherwise.
It was reported that between six and 11 persons were killed in the explosion and the fire that resulted from it.
Isuku said: “The resulting explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition.
“A police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety and normalcy.”
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