At least, one person was feared killed and sixteen others sustained injuries when some explosions hit Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Sallah eve.
Earlier eyewitness account had suggested two persons may have died. But the incident which occurred around Custom area, along Tashan Bama road and two other places, at about 05:47 on Thursday destroyed cars and other properties.
Borno Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu comfirmed the casualties. He suspected the incident may have been orchestrated by insurgents.
The sound of the explosions in Mairi, Custom and Gwange areas of the state boomeranged all over the capital, sending many into panic mode.
Aliyu said the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained but security operatives had been dispatched to the affected areas.
He said, “We have dispatched our Explosive Ordinance Detection to investigate the incidents and to determine whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device.
“Right now, I am at the Specialist Hospital where we have 16 casualties and one dead so far.”
Security personnel comprising the Army, Rapid Response Squad, Civilian Joint Task Force, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were seen moving to the affected places.
Other accounts said multiple (rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were fired from unknown locations. It is yet to be known if the Boko Haram terrorists, who have been fighting the Nigerian state for over a decade, are responsible, as they are yet to claim the blasts.
Governor of the state, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday, escaped an ambush by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members around Baba where he went to distribute relief materials to displaced persons.