Maiduguri — Seven persons were killed in an attempted suicide attack at the weekend in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the police have said.
The dead included the three suicide bombers (a male and two females) and four innocent civilians (a member of the youth vigilance group, a woman and her two children).
It was also revealed that eight persons sustained injuries in the attack and were taken to the hospital.
In a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Victor Isuku, the attack happened at about 9p.m. last Saturday on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The statement read: "At about 2100hrs of 18/3/2917, three suicide bombers, a male and two female, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri town through Umarari village in Molai general area.
"They were sighted by Civilian JTF and challenged. They detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies while running to different directions.
"Four people which included a Civilian JTF, a woman and her two children died, while eight others sustained injuries, and have been taken to hospital."