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Boko Haram: Multiple Explosions Rock Maiduguri Ahead Of Eid Celebrations

Multiple explosions were heard in Nigeria’s northeast city of Maiduguri on Thursday at about 6 p.m. while many residents of the city were preparing for the Muslim Eid celebrations.

Eyewitnesses said the explosions were the result of rocket-propelled grenades fired by suspected Boko Haram fighters from the outskirts of the city which dropped in Gwange 2 primary and customs area within the metropolis.

The number of casualties remained unclear, however, witnesses recount that security operatives were seen evacuating about five people to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, located close to the scene of both explosions.

Security personnel have since cordoned off the area. Thursday’s attack comes a day after the Governor of the state, Professor Babagana Zulum was caught up in a suspected ISWAP attack during his visit to Baga town.

Video footage showed Governor Zulum visibly clearly unhappy about the security situation in the area.

In February, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades which injured occupants of a house along Damboa road in Maiduguri.

On February 23, 2019 ISWAP fired multiple Grad rockets into Maiduguri.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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