20 February 2013

Nigeria: Explosion Kills Three in Maiduguri

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Bombing continues as citizens advocate for talks with Boko Haram

Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order on Wednesday confirmed the killing of three persons after an explosion in Maiduguri. JTF spokesman Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.

"An explosive devise targeted at the JTF patrol team exploded at the Post Office round about in Maiduguri at about 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday.

"The explosion led to the death of three civilians, comprising the bomber and two others, and a JTF vehicle was damaged."

He assured the public that the JTF was on top of the situation in the state, in spite of the development.

"Consequently, the JTF reiterates its determination to ensure the maintenance of law, order and safety of lives and property of law abiding residents of Borno State."

Musa also urged residents to disregard leaflets being circulated by suspected terrorists on impending attacks in Maiduguri.

"The attention of the JTF has been drawn to some leaflets allegedly printed and circulated by Boko Haram terrorists group containing a message from their leader Abubakar Shekau.

"The message contained threats and warning to civil servants, politicians, traditional rulers and security agents that the sect has not made any reconciliation with the government and has not declared a cease fire.

"The JTF wishes to advise law abiding members of the public to disregard such publications and consider them as part of the terrorists propaganda strategy to keep the civil populace in captivity." NAN

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