As multiple explosions rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Sunday night, the Nigerian Army has described the dastardly act as a sign of desperation on the part of Boko Haram.
The explosions were believed to have targeted a mosque and the area outside the building, according to witnesses.
Confirming the incident, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said:
“This is to inform the public that there were three improvised explosive devices explosions at Gomari and Ajilari general area in Maiduguri at about 7.21pm today evening.
“Although details are not clear, it is important to note the attacks signify high level of desperation on the part of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Security personnel and emergency management teams have been drafted to the area and appropriate security measures being taken.
“We would like to state that the Nigerian military would not be deterred in its determined efforts of defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the shortest possible time.
“We would like to assure the public also that now the terrorists have shown their ugly presence in such areas, there is need for more vigilance, security consciousness and prompt reporting of suspicious persons or group of persons in their midst. This would enable the security take appropriate measures against them.
“It will be recalled that their previous attempts to attack and blow up Allau dam was thwarted”.