Multiple Sallah Attacks : Boko Haram Bombs Maiduguri, One Dead, 16 Injured

 

Panic gripped residents of Maiduguri, Borno State capital yesterday as multiple explosions from mortars fired by suspected Boko Haram insurgents hit the troubled town, killing one person and injuring 16 others.

The explosions occurred a day after gunmen, believed to be terrorists, attacked the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum at Baga.

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The governor yesterday blamed the attack on military saboteurs, threatening to call the civil populace to take their destiny into their own hands if the soldiers fail to secure the important trading town.

Confirming the explosions, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, said one person was killed in the attack, while 16 others were injured.

He said the casualties were recorded in three explosions at the outskirts of the state capital.

Aliyu said the explosions occurred in Mairi, Custom and Gwange areas of the metropolis.

He said the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained, but that police teams had been dispatched to the areas.

He said: “We have dispatched our Explosive Ordinance Detection (EOD) to investigate the incidents and to determine whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Right now, I am at the Specialist Hospital where we have 16 casualties and one dead so far,” the commissioner said.

The sounds of the explosions were heard all over the town, sending many into a panic.

Security personnel comprising the army, police, Rapid Response Squad, Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen moving to the scene to restore normalcy.

Speaking on the explosion, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force, who preferred anonymity, said mortars were fired at the town by Boko Haram.

He said the explosions from the mortals shook the town and killed two persons, injuring about 20 others.

 

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