Not less than 15 people have been confirmed dead while 18 others sustained injuries after three suicide bombers struck at a market in Konduga, Borno state, on Friday.
Speaking with TheCable, a resident who witnessed the incident, Bulama Kaka, said it occurred around 7pm
“We all ran for safety after the first thunderous blast occurred. Many people I know were killed in the attack,” he said.
In his narration, an official of the State Emergency Management Agency disclosed that the victims with minor injuries were receiving treatment at a hospital in Konduga.
He added that those who lost their lives and people in critical condition have been moved to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Maiduguri general hospital.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, the mode of the attack bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a jihadist group which frequently uses suicide bombers, often women and girls, to attack crowded public spaces such as mosques and markets.
Friday’s attack is coming barely a day after the Army placed a bounty of N3 million on the shadowy leader of the Islamic sect Abubakar Shekau.
“The Nigerian Army will give out Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00k) cash reward for any credible information that leads to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, the fugitive factional Boko Haram terrorists’ group leader.
“Anybody with such credible information can either contact the Military Command and Control Centre, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, any military location, security agencies or call the Nigerian Army Information and Call Centre 193,” a statement issued by Usman Sani, Army spokesman, on Thursday had said.