Many people are feared dead following two bomb blast that occurred around 7.24 am this morning in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The reports have it that the first bomb exploded in front of the Bakkasi Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camp along Maiduguri-Damboa road killing at least five people, while the second bomb occurred in front of the NNPC Mega depot also along the same route.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Female suicide bombers are believed to have carried out the attacks on the city’s Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons camp, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.’s Mega Filling Station, the Nigerian army said in a statement.
The terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attacks, said Maiduguri military chief Brig. Gen. Victor Ezeogwu, and NEMA’s northeast region head Mohammed Kanar.
Pictures posted on NEMA’s Twitter account
show rescue workers at the scene of one of the bombings, amid debris and destroyed cars.
At the filling station, the attacker killed three occupants on a tricycle at the entrance. The army puts the total number of dead at 8.
“While we commiserate with the families of the late victims of this cruel act and wish those injured speedy recovery, we would like to assure the public that efforts are ongoing to track those behind the dastardly acts,” an army spokesman said.
“However, it is equally important to reiterate the need for more vigilance and security consciousness among all.”
The blasts is coming barely 24hours after the Nigerian Army said it had ”totally degraded, decimated and 100 percent defeated” Boko Haram.