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Death toll reaches 18, many injured in Borno wedding suicide bomb attack

Suicide-bombers

The death toll from the wedding party suicide bombing on Saturday has climed to 18, reports are saying as of Sunday morning. At least six people attending a wedding party in Gwoza town, Borno State were killed on the spot after suicide bombers detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at the venue.  Several other wedding guests were injured.

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According to eyewitnesses, the first bomber was carrying a baby on her back when she entered among the other guests at Tashan Mararaba near the Fire Service in Gwoza town where she detonated the IED.

A military source in Gwoza said the female suicide bomber crossed the road opposite the military base and immediately detonated the IED, killing a soldier in the process, Channels TV reported.

The terrorists reinforced and returned to the 192 Brigade but the Nigerian Army troops successfully repelled the attack. .

While the dead were being buried, another bomber disguised as a mourner detonated an IED at the burial ground, killing one person.

The injured are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Gwoza.

The military has, as a result of the explosions, declared a curfew in Gwoza with immediate effect. The spokesperson of Sector One Operation Hadin Kai and 7 Division confirmed the incident but said no situation report yet from Gwoza.