The death toll in the multiple bombings that hit Maiduguri the Borno state capital has risen to 51.

According to Channelstv, there says that the death toll might be higher as some other victims were taken to the Umaru Shehu hospital, where the casualty figures are presently not clear.

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Eye witness accounts say the first explosion was targeted at a Mosque in Ajilari cross at the time of the late evening prayers.

Another bomb is said to have exploded at a mini business district and the third explosion occurred in a game centre in the area where people pay to play computer games and charge their mobile phones.

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The three blasts come a day after a new audio message purportedly from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau accused the Army of lying about successes against the militants.

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Military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman however describes Shekau’s comments as “the rant of a drowning man” adding that efforts are on to ascertain if that is Shekau’s voice.