The Nigerian Army has confirmed that a bomb explosion killed seven people in Maiduguri Tuesday evening.
The army said three blasts detonated by suicide bombers occurred at three minutes intervals at Ajilari, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State.
Eleven people were injured and three suicide bombers were among the dead, the army said.
The army also gave details of the attack at a Mosque, Okene, where soldiers clashed with militants on Tuesday.
“Our troops on cordon and search operations at the general area of Enike Mosque, Okene town, Kogi State were attacked by some suspected terrorists at about 5.30am Tuesday. The troops responded and 2(two) of the attackers were killed. In addition, a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb and empty cases of expended ammunition were recovered,” it said.
One soldier also died in the attack and another was wounded.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the situation had been brought under control.
He said troops of 5 Brigade also ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists that attacked a military location and Geidam town last week.
They were ambushed while returning from an attack on Gajiram near Ngollom village.
“The troops killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists and wounded some. The troops also recovered 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 5 AK 47 Rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale Rifle, 2 Machine Guns and 1 Light Machine Gun.
“Other weapons and equipment recovered include a Rocket Propel Grenade Tube, 8 AK 47 rifle magazines, 1 x Toyota Landcruiser, 2 Belts of 7.62MM (NATO) with 150 and 180 rounds of ammunition respectively.
He said troops on patrol around Monguno arrested Abacha Kumjo, a suspected Boko Haram fuel and logistics supplier.
“He was arrested with 20 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) neatly concealed in a black polythene bag while trying to cross from Monguno to a terrorists camp. He siphoned the fuel from his Golf Wagon vehicle with registration number AA 175 MFA, Borno State. The suspect is being interrogated further,” the army said.