Abuja, (IANS) At least five people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bombing attack near a hospital in Nigeria’s Maiduguri city, an official said on Sunday.
Two female suicide bombers on Saturday attempted to gain entry into a government-run hospital located in Molai area of the city but were stopped by security operatives on duty at the facility, Xinhua reported citing Mohammed Kanar, the regional coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency.
The female suicide bombers blew themselves up by detonating the explosives device wired round their body, the chief rescue worker said.
Local people blamed the incident on Boko Haram, a terror group which has killed more than 13,000 people since 2009 in violent attacks in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.
Bomb attacks targeting civilians were one of the terror group’s major tactics in causing panic and exerting pressure on the government.
A series of suicide blasts have been recorded in various parts of Nigeria this year. Boko Haram also extended its suicide bombings to neighbouring Niger and Chad. Both countries, together with Nigeria and Cameroon, have formed a military task force to fight the terrorist group.