Many feared dead as heavy explosions, gunshots rock Maiduguri

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Heavy explosions and sound of gunshots that engulfed some parts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have claimed many lives with others injured.

This has forced many residents in affected areas to scamper for safety.

explosion and firing of Rocket Propelled Grenades which started at about 5:45 pm up to the time of filing in this report were heard around Kaleri behind the University of Maiduguri, Adam Kolo, Limanti and Kagarmari wards of the metropolis.

Sources also said sounds of gunshots were heard around Fori and Cashew plantation general area near Giwa barracks.

Sources said armed insurgents were behind attack attempting to infiltrate the city, as troops engaged them. Maiduguri has been long without witnessing any invasion.

One of fleeing residents of Kagalmari, Ahmed Abba near Pole wire Biyu of Gwange General Area in the heart of the city said “a heavy explosion which was detonated in one of the public gatherings led to the killing of scores and injured.”

Also, sources said, one of Rocket Propelled Launchers fired by the insurgents into Kaleri has killed an unspecified number of residents with others sustained injuries.

All efforts to get confirmation from Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edet Okon proved abortive at press time. ()