An attempted suicide attack on a public hospital in Borno State was foiled on Saturday, Modu Grema, a member of the youth vigilante group in Maiduguri has said on phone.
He said two female suicide bombers were disguised as visitors to patients in the ward of the General Hospital, Molai, about 4pm.
According to him: “What could have been a major disaster was forestalled by two security men at the gate to the hospital who stopped the women and told them they needed to be searched before they could be allowed entry.”
Grema said while searching the women, they detonated the bomb on them with a loud bang killing them and the two security men, and another person nearby.
He said the explosion caused injuries to several other persons who had to be rushed to the General Hospital in Maiduguri, a distance of about 20 kilometres, for treatment.
A source at the General Hospital, Maiduguri, a nurse who does not want his name mentioned, told our correspondent on phone that 12 persons who were injured in the explosion were brought to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital for treatment.
In another incident, the attempt by another set of two female suicide bombers became futile in another part of the state.
A member of the youth vigilante group Idris Abba said that the two female suicide bombers were waiting to enter a vehicle to Maiduguri when the explosive device strapped on one of them accidentally detonated by the roadside at Jakana, a distance of 32 kilometres to the state capital.
The explosion immediately drew the attention of the military at a nearby checkpoint to the area. They subsequently combed the area and got the second suicide bomber who was trying to flee.