- Residents of Gomari and 1,000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, the Borno state woke up to explosions in the early hours of Saturday
- The explosion believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters has caused fear and panic in the area
- An eyewitness said no life was lost while another resident disclosed that members of his family sustained injuries
An explosion on Saturday morning, December 4, at 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, left residents in fear and confusion.
A rocket launcher also landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.
Residents of the estate were spotted discussing the incidents in groups in a video seen by Daily Trust.
A military source disclosed that troops of 33 artillery, Njimtelo, opened fire and engaged the insurgents when they sighted them.
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Three different explosions were recorded
Vanguard reports that eyewitnesses said the explosions, suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram insurgents, started very early with the first two exploding at Gomari Airport.
The third one reportedly landed in a building at 1,000 Housing Estate near Hajj Transit Camp, where the repentant Boko Haram insurgents are being housed.
Survivors recount what happened
One Mallam Kulima who survived the explosions gave glory to God for sparing his life and that of his family.
“It was indeed a very sad day at 1000 Housing Estate, Maiduguri, Borno State , as Rocket Propel Grenade (RPG) landed in my house — No 2589, Elkenemi Street."
According to him, he was in his room when the rocket landed in his wife’s room. Some of his family members who were injured have been to the nearby clinic for treatment.
Another resident, Usman Ali, said the explosion destroyed a house in the estate very close to his own.
He noted that no one was killed but a small boy of not more than nine years was injured.
At the time of filing the report, all efforts to get confirmation or details of the attack from the police spokesperson, ASP Sani Shatambaya, proved abortive.
Troops clash with ISWAP fighters
This is coming a few hours suspected Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters and troops clashed at a military base in Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge local government area of Borno.
A commanding officer in one of the battalions of operation Hadin Kai was reportedly killed by the insurgents.
It was learnt that the troops killed more than a dozen of the terrorists and destroyed their operations vehicles.