has shown that the residents of Muna-Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, the
Borno State capital, where four suicide bombers attacked on Wednesday
evening, have buried 15 corpses, including an unborn baby that was
forced out of its mother’s .
womb by the bomb explosion activated by one of the female suicide
premises of Muna primary school to pay their last respect and offer
prayers to the deceased.
the suburb of Muna-Gari. There is a distance of about 8km between the
two military posts.
unprotected open space between the military posts to sneak into the
community to carry out attacks.
known as Civilian-JTF, told Premium Times that it was for the mercy of
God that he was alive.
store. It was there that the pregnant woman and her daughter were
As I was rushing back to my shop area, I sighted two girls running
unusually into the community from the bush area. Immediately I suspected
her motive and raised alarm.
that she was screaming and trying to pull out something from under her
garment he pushed her away, just before the bomb on her went off. The
man was lucky to be alive but he was badly affected by burns on his
back. The second girl disappeared, no one could locate her.
to close the shop and go to check my family at home. I was barely
halfway to my house when we heard the last bomb blast right inside the
house sharing walls with my shop. I would have been either dead or badly
injured had I delayed for a minute after I made the decision to leave
on the floor inside the smoke filled compound with her unborn baby also
outside her forcefully opened stomach. Her eight years old daughter too
was dead beside her. Another woman and a girl were also badly injured,” said Mr. Samaila.
Maiduguri-Gamboru highway that leads to Chad. The two locations have
become the most notorious for Boko Haram suicide attacks in Borno.
soldiers that are currently manning the posts and the local
have each other’s phone number. Had we been armed with even hunting
rifles, we could have been able to gun down the two girls that were
spotted running into the community, even before we alert the soldiers.”
informed Premium Times that most of the suicide bombers were often seen
by the local farmers when some persons would bring them on motorcycles
and drop them off outside the parapet of sand built around Maiduguri.
villages at dusk by some persons riding motorcycles; and in some cases
our farmers would spot them and alert the soldiers or Civilian-JTF,” said Mr. Muhammed.
being dropped off by some persons and the farmer quickly informed the
soldiers, who moved in and shot them dead before they could detonate the
bombs on them.”
And the soldiers cannot protect the vast open land and bushes; that is
why we have become so vulnerable to attacks. Let the state government
and the military protect our lives by deploying more soldiers here,
because the attack is almost becoming an every day occurrence,” Mr. Muhammed said.