By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri


I t was another sad day in Maiduguri, Borno State yesterday as bomb explosions rocked part of the town resulting in the death of seven persons.

Borno State Police

Borno State Police

One of the explosions was at the Borno State Police headquarters where a suicide bomber made a dash on it and got six persons killed including two policemen and four civilians.

A police source said the suicide car bomber believed to be a member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect attempted to force his way into the headquarters through the main gate with a car laden with explosives.

The source said the bomb went off while policemen on guard at the gate prevented the bomber from entering.

He however said he could not give further details as “efforts are going on to clear the debris and rescue the affected persons.”

Yesterday’s attack is the second time a suicide bomber would aim at the police headquarters. The first attempt was made last year August.

During yesterday’s attack, though the bomber was gun down by the policemen at the gate, the bomb still went off.
In the second explosion, which happened earlier between 7:00 am and 8:15 am, an unknown bomber got detonated around ‘Gidan Dambe’ area of the metropolis.

According to witnesses, he was trying to plant an Improvised Explosive Device, which exploded and left him dead.

It was gathered that movement of some suspicious persons had started at Gidan Dambe on Thursday night but that the people of the area kept mute for fear of being killed.

According to the source, they saw men carrying weapons around Gidan Dambe but they concluded that they might be security operative in plain clothes.

The town had been experiencing clashes between sect members and security operatives. The sources however said they noticed some awkward behaviour in the people and suspected them to be members of dreaded Boko Haram sect.

JTF, who later spoke to newsmen said that the IED was concealed in a bag and kept under a public shed and exploded while the victim was trying to plant it.

As at the time of filing this story yesterday evening at about 4pm the entire town was deserted with most part of the major roads cordoned off.


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