“At about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.
“The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second bomb attack occurred in a house in same village killing five persons while the third blast was perpetrated by two other suicide bombers within the same vicinity. Only the two bombers were killed.
“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to UMTH” the statement said.