Mayhem: This morning, suicide bomber in Maiduguri, gunfire reported in Damaturu

by Akan Ido

A suicide bomber this morning in Maiduguri, Borno State, was said to have targeted and narrowly missed a Joint Task Force (JTF) patrol car.

According to SaharaReporters, after missing the patrol car, the suicide bomber, who was driving a tricycle around the Custom area of Maiduguri, reportedly rammed into a Mercedes Benz car killing two people including the bomber himself.

JTF spokesperson, Lt. Col Musa Sagir, confirmed the incident saying that three others were also injured including a soldier who suffered serious injuries.

The dead and the injured have been taken to the University of Maiduguri hospital and the JTF has cordoned off the area to further investigate circumstances leading to the attack.

Meanwhile, there are also unconfirmed reports of fresh violence this morning in the Yobe State capital, Damaturu. This is following a myriad of attacks which has been launched in the state by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

Residents of the town are reporting sounds of an exchange of gunfire and explosions around Ajari/Bayan Tasha neighbourhood which, according to sources, started around 11am this morning.

The onslaught of Boko Haram on the town have necessitated a large deployment of men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) who are undertaking a door-to-door security search in a bid to flush out members of the militant Islamic sect.

Daily Trust reports that thousands of people have been fleeing major areas of the capital such as Pompomari, Powari, Ajari, Nayinawa, Hausari, Babbar Tsangaya, Pindigari and Shagari Lowcost since renewed raids by the JTF against suspected members of the sect leading to several arrests and some deaths.

The JTF have however assured the residents of the town of adequate security to protect their lives and property.

There is yet no confirmation by security authorities if any casualty has been recorded in today’s violence but we shall keep you updated on events as they happen.

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