At least 18 persons have been killed today with scores injured after a blast ripped through a convoy of vehicles in the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital – with the death toll likely to rise.
It was gathered that the explosion occurred on Wednesday morning at Muna garage, as residents of the community woke up to a loud bang which turned out to be an Improvised Explosive Device, (IED).
An eye witness said he saw 10 corpses at the scene of the explosion, while a reliable source in the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital stated that at least 18 bodies have been deposited in the hospital morgue with more being expected.
The Public Relations Officer of the Borno state Police Command confirmed the explosion but said five people died, while five others sustained injuries.
Security operatives have cordoned off the area, while rescue officials are currently evacuating bodies of the injured and the dead.
Meanwhile, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed two Boko Haram terrorists while on clearance patrol at Ladin Buta and Juwano villages in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement late Tuesday night that the troops engaged the remnants of the terrorists, who were believed to be terrorising the residents through wanton killings, kidnappings and armed robberies.
The statement read: “During the exchange of fire, two Boko Haram terrorists were gunned down by the troops, while some escaped with gun shot wounds.”
The patrol team also recovered two AK-47 rifles with magazine, two fabricated 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two Mobile telephone handsets and a torchlight from the terrorists.”
NOW TRENDING: Some Problems Have No Solutions