Three people have been confirmed dead and 16 others injured after two suicide bombers attacked a hospital in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.
The two women tried to get into a hospital but were stopped by security guards at the gate and blew themselves up, witnesses said.
“We evacuated the charred bodies of the two security guards, another civilian and the two bombers”, said Auwal Mohammed, a member of the community in Molai, where the hospital is situated.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the military hierarchy to move the military command centre to the troubled northeastern town in order to curb the Boko Haram menace after his inauguration last month.
However, more than 100 people have reportedly been killed in northeast Nigeria in the past few weeks in a spate of bombings, mostly in Maiduguri.
A source at the mortuary of Borno State hospital in Maiduguri told Reuters that it had received three corpses after the blast. Another hospital source said 16 people injured in the attack had been brought in.
President Buhari has held talks with counterparts in neighbouring countries to set up a joint force to tackle the insurgents and he is planning to visit Cameroon later this month to discuss deeper collaboration.
Buhari is also due to visit U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on 20 July and the fight against Boko Haram is to be high on the agenda.