15 February 2013

Nigeria: Two Die, Soldier Wounded, Houses Burnt in Maiduguri Explosion

An Improvised Explosive Device, IED, set close to the busy Gamboru market on Friday led to the death of two persons suspected to be couriers of the device, while several houses were razed by the explosion.

A statement from the spokesperson of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Maiduguri, Sagir Musa, said the device which went off at about 4:30 p.m. was targeted at a JTF patrol team.

"The explosion/IEDs entail acid and highly flammable substances that propagate blast and thermal effects which set houses and adjoining shops around the vicinity on fire," Mr. Musa said

Mr. Musa said further that "two people suspected to be the bombers lost their lives as a result of the explosion," adding that "no civilian was killed or wounded, but a JTF vehicle was damaged and a soldier was wounded".

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