18 persons are feared dead and several others injured as a bomb blast rocked Muna garage, a satellite community in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, early this morning.
Residents of the community woke up Wednesday morning to a loud bang which turned out to be an Improvised Explosive Device, (IED) leaving many injured.
Although rescue officials are still evacuating bodies of the injured are yet to give an official statement as to the number of and the casualties, a source in Maiduguri Specialist Hospital told Daily Trust that at least 18 bodies have been deposited in the hospital morgue with more being expected.
Public Relations Officer to Borno State Police Command confirmed the bomb blast but stated that only five people died, while five others sustained injuries.
The incidence occurred few meters to an unofficial Internally Displaced People’s camp, housing 16,000 people.
Muna garage which is on the way to Gamboru Ngala, is said not to be passable without a military escort.Trucks and vehicles conveying goods and passengers towards the area normally go in a convoy escorted by military men.
The bomb is suspected to have been planted by terror group Boko Haram inside a car near the motor park, as two vehicles were reportedly blown off by the blast.
Security operatives have cordoned off the area, while other residents are going on with their normal activities.
Nigeria’s northeast region has been a stronghold of the extremist group Boko Haram. In past months, the Nigerian military has launched several military operations to eliminate the terrorist threat.
On Tuesday, October 11, Kwashebe, a village in Borno was reportedly attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists. The attack left at least five people dead.
The military reported that it killed two Boko Haram terrorists and injured several in a local government in Borno state on Tuesday as well.