Ola Audu of AllAfrica.com is reporting that Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, has come under attack from insurgents believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.
Two thunderous explosions, suspected to be from detonated bombs, were heard in the city at about 6:15 p.m. The blast occurred at an area called the Ngomari area of the capital.
Yahaya Adamu, a mechanic living in the area, told Premium Times on telephone that “There is heavy dust and smoke everywhere now, and I am running home now to see if my family are safe”.
It cannot be ascertained immediately if the blast was targeted at civilians. No one could also say if there are casualties yet. The spokesperson of the state police command, Gideon Jubril, could not be reached to comment for this story. His telephone was switched off when our reporter called.
Reportedly, the blasts have triggered panic in the city with residents seen rushing to their respective homes for safety.
This story is developing.