Two suicide bombers driving a Volkswagen saloon car, on Monday, in Maiduguri, rammed their vehicle into a police highway patrol van killing five officers and three civilians, witnesses and security officials said.
The suicide bombers, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, also died in the massive blast that left many pedestrians and commuters injured.
The incident occurred near Dalori Housing Estate, outside the town, along the Maiduguri-Bama highway.
The blast echoed in Maiduguri causing already agitated residents to panic in fear of yet another Boko-Haram attack.
The soldiers of the 7-Division Nigeria Army immediately cordoned off the roads leading to the scene of the blast. A joint team of soldiers and the Civilian-JTF intensified stop and search of vehicles, especially the Volkswagen Golfs which are normally used as commercial taxis.
The Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jubrin, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident to journalists on phone.
He said five police officers attached to the federal highway patrol were killed in the suicide bombing as well as three civilians.
The attack came barely 24 hours after the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a fresh video, declared a total war on residents of Maiduguri including the security operatives.