9 killed, 24 injured in Nigeria twin suicide blasts

ABUJA — At least nine people were killed and 24 injured following twin blasts which rocked the city of Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno on Saturday.

Officials said two female suicide bombers wreaked the havoc.

The first blast occurred at the entrance of Bakassi camp housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Borno State capital, killing five men and injuring 11 women, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

The second suicide blast occurred at a state-run gas station located on Damboa road, also in the state capital, according to a statement by the rescue agency.

“The NEMA rescue team had evacuated victims. More updates on the incidents and rescue details will come later,” the agency said.

Deputy Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Mustapha Anka, told Xinhua troops and security agencies had been mobilized to the areas affected.

He said more troops have been mobilized to comb the general area as well as entries and exits of Maiduguri.

Terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be responsible for the blasts.

The Nigerian government has launched several military operations over the past months to eliminate the terror group, which emerged in northeast Nigeria’s Borno region. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com