Multiple bomb blasts kill 17 in Borno

Scene of a suicide bombing

The Borno police command says five Boko Haram insurgents killed 12 people in multiple suicide attacks in Dalori, a village near Maiduguri, capital of the state.

"Eventually, we evacuated eight bodies in the night, to the hospital, while 25 others were injured", recounted Malam Ibrahim Kolo, member of a vigilante group.

"Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people", he added in a statement.

"There is ongoing heavy exchange of fire and soldiers moving towards Dalori".

The attack took place in Borno state, which is considered the birthplace of Boko Haram's insurgency.

The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven people while the second blast occurred in a house killing five, Isuku said.

According to him, 13 persons were killed, while 14 others sustained injuries.

The bombings and sporadic hit-and-run attacks underline the threat still posed by the jihadists, despite claims from the authorities they are a spent force.

Victor Isuku, the command spokesman stated in a press release that five female suicide bombers carried out the attacks on a settlement, Kofa, in Konduga Local Government Area of the state. Borno has been the worst hit state by the insurgency.

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