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.