The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu has confirmed the
killings of 13 people, after two suspected female suicide bombers
detonated their strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on
Saturday at Biu central market by 11.40am.
The two suicide Boko Haram bombers were also killed along with the
wounding of 53 residents and traders.
Biu is on southeast fringe of Sambisa Forest, and 185 kilometres south
of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Chukwu in statement issued yesterday in Maiduguri said: “Two female
suicide bombers infiltrated and gained entry into Biu town. One of the
bombers detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) strapped to her
body within Biu’s main market, while the other one detonated outside
the market square.”
He said 13 people were killed. A member of the Civilian JTF, Madu
Jasku however told The Guardian on phone yesterday that the death toll
may rise to 21, as some of the injured ones are placed on danger list,
while the rescue team was evacuating them to hospital for treatment.
“We heard a very loud twin blasts that went simultaneously with thick
plumes of smoke into the sky from this central market,” said Jasku.
The police in the statement said that police patrol and Explosives
Ordinance Department (EOD) team led by Acting Area Commander, Biu were
promptly mobilized and dispatched to scenes of the blasts.
He said normalcy has been restored and the area rendered safe for the
people pursue their legitimate businesses in Biu.