Twin blasts hit Nigeria's Maiduguri Airport

Suicide bombers target Maiduguri Airport killing themselves and one soldier

Photo by: TRT WORLD
Photo by: TRT WORLD

Twin explosions occurred on Tuesday when two bombers detonated explosive devices attached to their bodies at an army checkpoint at Maiduguri International Airport in Nigeria. The bombing is believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram, according to a police source.   

According to a source who witnessed the attack, one soldier and both of the bombers were killed instantly.

Last week on Friday, Boko Haram ambushed Nigeria's new Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai’s convoy. One soldier from the Nigerian army was killed and two were wounded in the attack by Boko Haram militants. At least five militants were also killed.

Garba Bukar and Samaila Usman, both members of a government-backed youth vigilante group, said the bombers had been stopped at the checkpoint by soldiers shortly before they blew themselves up.  

Since the militants started a violent insurgency in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, the attacks by the group has claimed thousands of lives, mostly civilians. 

A 8,700-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force - drawing in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin, accelerated its efforts against the militant group with the aim of ending the Boko Haram insurgency by December this year. 


TRTWorld and agencies