At least nine persons were killed following an early morning twin bomb attack in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, a rescue official has said.
The source also added that about 84 persons have sustained various degrees of injuries in the blasts.
Residents of Maiduguri were shocked with fear as the sound from the blast resonated far into other areas of the town.
It was learnt that the first blast went off at about 7a.m. near the Bakassi IDP camp as the suicide bomber was trying to gain his way into the camp to detonate his IED ridden body.
Just after thirty minutes from the first blast, the second one went off from a tricycle driving close to the NNPC Depot at Damboa Road.
An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross who does not want his name mentioned because he is not authorized to speak to the press informed that 10 deaths were recorded in the blasts with 29 injured people brought into their facility for treatment.
The Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu who was at the scenes of the two blasts very early later addressed the press in his office.
He said “the incident occurred at about 06.55 hours at the Bakasi IDPs Camps at Maiduguri-Biu Road. The suicide bomber targeted people after the early morning prayers where he went a joined some group of people and detonated his explosive device. In that incident,, 6 persons including the suicide bomber were killed with many people sustain injuries.”
The Acting GOC, 7 Division, NA Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu has already visited the scenes of the bomb blasts and assured the people of absolute security and peace in the areas.
He urged them to be calm as concerted efforts are being made to beef up security in the places towards the safety of lives and property of the people.