Friday, May 20, 2011

Again, bomb explosions rock Maiduguri •10 killed in Boko Haram’s attacks

MAIDUGURI, the Borno State capital, on Thursday, was rocked by three separate bomb explosions,
which left an officer of the Nigeria Police dead, while several others were said to have suffered varying degrees of injury.

In one of the explosions, five security officers were injured near a military checkpoint.

This came barely 12 hours after members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, launched an attack on Ibrahim Taiwo police station on Baga Road, Maiduguri, on Wednesday night, leading to the death of no fewer than 10 people and injuries to several others.

Although the identities of those killed could not be officially confirmed at the time of filing this report, eyewitnesses said two soldiers were among the dead.
According to the eyewitnesses, residents were preparing to go to bed when Islamic fundamentalists engaged a joint patrol team of soldiers and policemen in a gun duel around Baga market, opposite Ibrahim Taiwo police station.

The Islamic fundamentalists exchanged fire with the joint patrol team before taking on the policemen at the police station.

But the bomb blasts on Thursday occurred in Lagos Street at 6.40 a.m., Pompomari at about noon and London Cinki, at 2.00 p.m.

It was learnt that the joint team was just returning from a patrol, when the bomb exploded near their checkpoint and injured five of them. The patrol vehicle was also destroyed by the bomb.

As the town was recovering from the dawn incident, two other bomb blasts were recorded, resulting in injuries to many people and reportedly killing a policeman.

Assistant commissioner of police in charge of operations, Zakari Adamu, confirmed the blasts to newsmen. According to him, the soldiers were wounded by the bomb planted by the attackers while their patrol vehicle was also destroyed.

At the Accident and Emergency Unit of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Nigerian Tribune saw two of the security officers who sustained injuries while the other three were said to have been discharged.

On the gun battle between joint patrol team and Boko Haram gunmen in Baga market, on Wednesday night, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, confirmed it but was silent on the casualties.


  1. It's sad to hear this news from you. I hope you are not affected by this bomb explosion. But then I'm still thankful despite of what happened you still share this news to us.

  2. I don't understand people who does these bad things to other people. Don't they have there own families? What if this happens to those people that they love maybe they would just feel the same for those they have victimized.

  3. Such news breaks my heart into tiny bite size pieces. I would like to pray for those souls who have been victims of this ruthless act.

  4. It is really a breaking news. Please let us be updated about this. Thanks.

  5. It's really shocking to hear this kinds of news. If they are mad about something or someone, there's many other ways to settle it than to kill the lives of the innocent people.