Multiple explosions cause panic in Maiduguri

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The thunderous sounds of multiple explosions in Maiduguri, Borno State, caused a stir in the city early Saturday as residents cringed in fear of a major Boko Haram attack.

The blasts, which sounded successively four times, were heard at about 7:30 am across the city as residents prepared to go out for their routine engagements.

Though there were no sounds of gun shots accompanying the explosions, many residents immediately sent messages across asking to know which part of the state was under attack. 

But a senior official of the State Security Service, SSS, told PREMIUM TIMES in Maiduguri that the blasts were not from Boko Haram. 

“Oh sorry, that was just a friendly firing carried out by soldiers of the 7 Division in Maiduguri; they were just test firing some equipments,” said the officer who asked not be named. 

Maiduguri has been relatively calm for months without any attack from the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

But residents fear the city may come under attack at any time amid repeated threats from the sect that has killed thousands.

Similar blasts were recorded on Friday and Saturday last week at about the same time.


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  • MushinSpeaks

    Meanwhile Jonathan is in London, telling old tales of ending Boko Haram soon. Yet, this dreaded sect keep killing us and destroying properties.

  • malam

    Rabuda Sheggen Dan marasa mutunchi.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Are the military that rude that they cannot give the residents prior notice of these explosions?

    • Otile

      Good question bro.

    • tuco

      They will now tell u they are scaring away BH. This is once upon a time gallant soldiers, they are always on the defensive instead of being offensive. Na fear they catch them. Civilian JTF and those local hunters are far way better than them.

  • Otile

    The picture above does not look like friendly fire. You got cars burning, clouds of smoke billowing, heavy blasts rattling the city. What kind of friendly fire is this? You don’t kill a fly perching on your friend’s neck with a shape machete.

  • Otile

    The picture above does not look like friendly fire. You got cars
    burning, clouds of smoke billowing, heavy blasts rattling the city.
    What kind of friendly fire is this? You don’t kill a fly perching on
    your friend’s neck with a sharp knife.

    • tuco

      I guess that’s an old pic used by PT. PT please use appropriate pic in ur reports to avoid confusion.

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  • dumbo

    Why must the test be carried out across the city. Isn’t the desert or sambisa not large enough to test ur weapons. Must weapon test be done in the city. Guess the military arm of pdp (BH) are testing their weapons.

  • anonymoua

    The Jonathan led PDP government is deliberately trying to create fear and panic among Maiduguri residents by test-firing military assets in civilian locations in order to coerce people into supporting their expensive, wasteful and ineffective state of emergency in the northeast.

    Nigerians, shine your eyes and do not be deceived by a criminal, corrupt and incompetemt regime.