Eyewitnesses who witnessed the suicide bombing that took place in Kaleri suburb of Maiduguri, Borno State, said the two female suicide bombers had hugged their victims before detonating the bombs.
The eyewitness said the Islamic extremists detonated a bomb that took the lives of two persons while injuring a host of others on Sunday; but before they detonated the bombs, the had first, tightly hugged their victims.
Other eyewitness who spoke to reporters said the suicide bombers had knocked on several doors begging for hot food or a place to sleep due to the extreme cold weather.
One of the sources who pleaded anonymity for fear of her safty said: “They came to knock on my door at about 10p.m. And when I asked who was at the gate, a female voice said she was an IDP and that she needed shelter for the night because the outside was very cold.
My daughter wanted to go and open the gate; but I had to stop her because it was an odd time for such visit and request”.
She went on to say that the unwelcomed visitor went on to other houses and kept on knocking on doors.
“Some minutes later, we heard a female voice and some screaming asking to be let go, then suddenly we heard a deafening explosion,” she said.
“It was much later that we realised that it was the daughter of one of our neighbours that was hugged by the woman pretending to be IDP after the girl had opened the door for her.”
A second explosion was heard in Kaleri a few minutes later. This time, a man who was the bread winner of his household, was said to have fallen for the deceit of the Boko Haram female suicide bomber, who immediately hugged him tightly as soon as he opened his gate to attend to her.
The blast led to the destruction of the houses as doors and roofs of the houses were all blown off as a result of the explosion.
The recent tactic being employed by the terrorists have left residents of Maiduguri in awe and fear.