Deafening explosions coming from the western flank of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and a few kilometres away from the Maiduguri International Airport echoed over the city as officials and residents expected the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari for a state visit.
The explosions which were heard at about 10:45 a. m. according to sources, were similar to the ones that rocked the city on Dec.6, 2021.
A source said one of the bombs fired from a distance landed in residential areas, killing an unknown number of civilians.
An eye witness from Ajilari Cross, a suburb adjacent to the Nigeria Air Force Base, said one of the bombs hit a house and killed some people.
A source in Moromti, another location close to the airport, also confirmed a bomb landing in their neighbourhood and said it had injured a resident, adding that “another bomb landed in a bread bakery where many casualties have been recorded.”
“We heard up to five loud explosions around the airport and they were all massive explosions. But that of Ayafe near Ngomari airport killed about four people,” the source added.
The president’s aircraft was being expected in the capital city.
Malam Saad, a commander of CJTF at Ngomari axis said “we have taken two corpses of the victims to the hospital even though I have confirmed from my colleagues that there about five casualties around Ayafe axis”
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