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Maiduguri under siege as Boko Haram detonates more bombs



By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

In what may be a renewed onslaught by Boko Haram insurgents, no fewer than 20 persons were killed on Monday in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The explosion occurred Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque.

Reports have it that the explosion occurred while residents were busy speculating that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.

In a related development, two teenage girls were also said to have detonated bombs in the Buraburin area of the city, killing themselves and scores of others.

The detonation by the teenage girls happened few hours after the explosion at the mosque.

Confirming the incident, a civil servant, Yunusa Abdullahi, who resides in the Jiddari Polo area, said aside the mosque attack, two girls detonated explosives at a neighbourhood called Buraburin.

“A man saw two girls walking around and he tried to caution them to be careful as it was dangerous for them to be wandering when the two girls detonated themselves, killing the man and some other persons,” Abdullahi said.

“Since last night, residents have been finding undetonated bombs believed to have been abandoned by Boko Haram gunmen.

“We are under siege and we don’t know how many of these bombs or these female suicide bombers were sneaked into Maiduguri.”

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