Borno State Police Command has confirmed that 54 persons were killed and 90 others seriously injured in the multiple explosions that rocked Maiduguri on Sunday night.
Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Victor Isuku, confirmed the casualty figure to journalists in Maiduguri yesterday.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the blasts, suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram, occurred at the Ajilari Railway Cross and Bintu Sugar suburbs of Maiduguri, simultaneously between 7:38 and 8pm, forcing many residents to flee into the city for safety.
National and international humanitarian agencies that participated in the evacuation of the victims also confirmed the casualty figure, but some hospital sources put the death toll at over 60 as many of the injured victims died while receiving treatment on Monday morning.
Similarly, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed the blasts to journalists in Abuja, but insisted that the number of casualties was yet to be ascertained.
He, however, cautioned residents of Maiduguri and its environs to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.
Ajilari, an outskirt of Maiduguri metropolis, has witnessed a series of Boko Haram attacks including bombings.
A survivor, Malam Ali Babagana, based in Alilari, said the incident occurred at a popular telecommunication service point where many people had gathered to buy recharge cards and transact other petty businesses.
“I was close to the scene of the multiple blasts, but God (Allah) saved my life. I saw many shattered bodies at the scene before I ran away for my dear life,” Babagana said.
Another source said he heard explosions suspected to have been carried out by male and female suicide bombers who sneaked into the town from Sambisa forest.
“Already, we have started moving out of Ajilari into Maiduguri. Many dead bodies still littered the scene of the blasts, as we sought for an escape route to Gomari Airport,” the source said.


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