At least 54 people are confirmed dead from coordinated bomb attacks yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, according to police sources.
Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Borno State, Emmanuel Isuku, confirmed to SaharaReporters on telephone that fifty-four people have died and ninety others were injured from four separate blasts.
He also confirmed that the explosions took place at Ajilanri cross of the Bulunkutu area of Maiduguri.
A SaharaReporters correspondent visited the bombsites and learned that more than sixty-eight people have died. It was also learned that the four blasts occurred less than twenty minutes apart from each other.
SaharaReporters has also learned that four sites targeted include a mosque, market area, public cinema, and a business center all in the Bulunkutu Tsillake area.
Some of the residents of Ajilanri cross speaking with SaharaReporters said they felt shocked, and vowed to find those responsible.
The Vice Chairman of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) for the area said, ''we evacuated at least sixty-eight dead people and about one-hundred were critically injured.” He added, “I left State Specialist Hospital at 1am [and learned that] six dead were taken home by relatives.''
Another Civilian JTF member, Muritala Bukar, urged everyone living in Maiduguri to rise up against Boko Haram. He also said that Boko Haram didn't have value for human life.
“Look at the number of wasted lives at mosque. We counted twenty-seven at the mosque, eighteen at the cinema house, eleven at the market, and nine at the business center respectively,'' Bukar said.
At the time of publication many families and relatives of victims are seen at various hospitals in Maiduguri, many wailing because they are unaware of the whereabouts of their relations.