Twin suicide bombers suspected to be targeting a market in Molai village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Saturday detonated their explosives at the main gate of the Missionary Leprosy and General Hospital, Molai, killing two passersby.
The incident took place at about 3pm when the new market was at its peak. Molai village is South and about 10km drive to Maiduguri along the closed down Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.
An eyewitness, Mallam Ali Usman, a taxi driver, told our correspondent that the “twin male suicide bombers, sighted from nearby trenches dug by military operatives, were suspected to have sneaked into the area from Sambisa forest”.
He went on: “When the bombers realized the tight security put in place around the market, they had no option than to detonate their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the hospital entrance before reaching their main target.
“It would have been a deadly incident if the twin suicide bombers had entered the market that is now attracting traders and buyers from surrounding villages and Maiduguri metropolis”.
As at press time, the bodies of the bombers and the two victims were still at the scene.
Efforts to get Borno State Police Commissioner Aderemi Opadokun, for confirmation of the incident proved abortive.