Update: One soldier killed, two civilians wounded in Maiduguri explosions, JTF says

Boko Haram sect suspected in the attacks which were targeted at military patrol teams.

The spokesperson of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State, Sagir Musa, said one soldier was killed while two civilians sustained injuries after bomb explosions rocked Maiduguri on Thursday.

Mr. Musa, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone, blamed the Boko Haram sect for carrying out the attacks, which he said were targeted at military patrol teams.

Four different blasts occurred at Customs, Gamboru and Bolori areas of the state metropolis with the one in the Customs area reportedly being the most damaging; both to lives and property.

However, contrary to Mr. Musa’s position, witness accounts and sources at the State Specialist Hospital said at least three soldiers and several civilians were killed in the blasts at the Customs area.

A resident, who claimed to have witnessed the incident but preferred not to be named, said, “The attackers placed the bomb inside a vehicle and parked it by the road side. So, when the military vehicle arrived, they detonated the bomb maybe by remote.”

He also added that at least three of the soldiers died on the spot while many civilians were also killed both from the blast and the gunfire from some soldiers who arrived at the site of the blast and began shooting indiscriminately.

Sources said the blasts at both Gamboru and Bolori did not cause any casualty or damage to property.

The blasts coincided with the conclusion of a meeting by eight governors from opposition parties who were meeting at the Borno Government House over the formation of a new party, All Progressives Change (APC).

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