Irate Borno youths chase SEMA officials with clubs after bomb attack

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Following an early-morning suicide bomb attack at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri, Borno State, which left eight people dead, a mob has attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) who were on rescue mission at the scene of the attack .

According to NAN, youths in the area attacked the SEMA Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and render assistance to the blast victims.

The youths were said to be angered by recent spate of suicide bombings in Maiduguri.

Some of them chanted slogans against relief officials, saying: “Leave, we do not need your assistance.”

The youths, armed with club and sticks, smashed a SEMA vehicle and prevented the team from carrying out its mission.

It took the intervention of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to rescue the SEMA officials.

An official of the state emergency agency, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, but said only their vehicle was damaged.

A female suicide bomber, whom residents had tried to apprehend for looking suspicious, ran into a mosque in the area and detonated the explosive strapped on her body.

Muhammad Grema, a witness who lost some of his friends in the attack, revealed that the incident occurred at about 5:00 am.

Meanwhile, two female suicide bombers, who attempted to cross the security trenches at about 10:15 pm on Sunday, were killed at Mammanti area on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

Soldiers guarding the trenches shot the women as  a result of which the explosive strapped to their bodies detonated, blowing them to pieces.

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