Apparently irked by President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East zone, the terrorists have continued their attacks and killings in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and Yobe State.
After the killing of 26 people in a mosque in Maiduguri on Friday, the insurgents detonated explosions in the popular Gamboru Market where seven people died while several others were injured.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, were planted by suspected members of the sect, which exploded at about 1:30pm yesterday.
Consequently, traders at the market hurriedly closed their shops and fled for safety.
Leader of the Ngamboru Market Traders Association, Mallam Audu Yakuba, confirmed to newsmen that seven people were killed with several others seriously injured in the explosion.
According to Yakubu, the Sunday afternoon attack was another shock as “the last time we heard that about 600 suicide bombers were planning to get into Maiduguri, we have been very vigilant, but you see, when something like this wants to happen, one cannot know. This is very unfortunate. It is our hope that the new government would bring this Boko Haram problem to an end.”
Another trader, Umar Maikaji, said that, the explosion which occurred at 1pm left many traders injured. “I saw four corpses and many persons were injured. I saw one injured person without an arm, another without his legs. The explosion, according to some people, was suspected to have been buried near the spot where charcoal traders operate but some people claimed it was a suicide bomber.”
Some of the traders urged the new government to take drastic steps to stop the Boko Haram menace. One of them, who identified himself as Usman Sani, said: “With the recent attacks and bomb blast, government should have taken drastic action since the first attack, but we are not seeing what we are expecting from this government. We need action from the government and the sooner, the better for everybody.”
One Tijuana Kalamu said let the government open the Maiduguri Airport so that more soldiers can come and rescue us from these insurgents. “In fact, we are expecting that by now, with the declaration of our new president, soldiers would have been seen taking control of the state. It is time for serious search in Maiduguri because so many of these Boko Haram members are in town.”
Nigerian pilot recalls that Gamboru market is one of the markets in the city that has witnessed series of deadly attacks by insurgents mostly suicide attacks, shootings and bombings in recent past.
The terror group also invaded Ngalda in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State, where they wreak havoc on mostly public buildings, after looting food items and shops.
According to reports, the terrorists, who stormed the town in three Hilux vehicles and several motorcycles at about 7pm on Saturday, did not kill any resident.
Sources claimed that the insurgents, perhaps, were not on a mission to kill but destroy government facilities and loot to add to their stocks in the Sambisa Forest.
The insurgents were chanting “Allahu Akbar (God is Great), and saying, “we are here to destroy all public buildings, houses and shops of those who believe in democracy, we will continue to fight whosoever identified himself/herself with Nigerian government which we consider as anti-Islam, we will not relent or surrender, until we impose strict Sharia law for people to adhere to.”


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