There has been reports of a twin bomb blasts in Maiduguri City, the capital of Borno State in the early hours of Saturday killing six people, eyewitnesses say.
The blasts which occurred at two different spots 1 kilometer apart echoed across the city.
According to witnesses, the first blast went off at about 7a.m. at a coffee drinking spot near the Bakassi IDP camp, along the popular Maiduguri-Biu road.
“Six persons were reportedly killed in the blast and have been evacuated to the hospital,” said a resident of the area.
Shortly after that, at about 7:35a.m., another blast went off in a tricycle near the NNPC fuel depot along Damboa Road, killing a woman and the rider. It was not clear who the bomber was between the woman and the tricycle driver.
Confirming the incidents, Alhaji DanBatta, a Civilian-JTF, said that the first blast came from suicide bombers who were trying to invade Bakassi IDP camp, one of the largest displaced persons camp in Maiduguri.
“We have another sad day today, but we thank God the worst did not happen; because the suicide bombers actually wanted to enter Bakassi camp, and that could have been really bad,” said Mr. DanBatta.
“There was another one just opposite the NNPC Depot along Damboa Road. But I cannot give you the details of the casualties recorded immediately because we are presently conveying the victims to the hospital. I will get back to you when the doctors confirm their conditions,” he said.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on their official Twitter handle also confirmed the incident and said emergency officials are at the sites of the blast rescuing victims.