Boko Haram: Three blasts hit the north eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a military official
A day after a fresh audio message purportedly from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau accused of lying about successes against the militants the military.
A hospital source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least eight dead bodies were recovered on the border of the city center after the blasts in a mosque and places near the building, with many more injured and feared dead.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions. Nevertheless, they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist militant group which has waged a six-year insurgency to form a state conforming to demanding Islāmic laws, a struggle that has killed thousands.
The audio recording, said to-be of Boko Haram’s leader, criticized for saying it’d recaptured hamlets that had fallen into the group military ’s control are sad by Nigeria.
About us saying that they’ve retaken our lands, taken weapons and driven us away “they’ve lied,” says the record posted online on Saturday. “they’re really the ones whom we’ve driven away. They’re all liars.”
The city reach by Sunday’s triple blast, Maiduguri, is the capital of the group’s Borno state birthplace.
“There were three improvised explosive devices explosions at Gomari and Ajilari general region in Maiduguri at about 7:21 p.m. (1821 GMT),” said military official Colonel Sani Usman.
Although details are unclear, it is necessary to notice the strikes signify high level of despair on the part of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Suspected members of the group have killed around 800 people in Africa populous state in a spate of shootings and bombings since President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaugurated as president on May 29, vowing to crush the militants.
Across three states in the northeast Boko Haram commanded vast swathes of land at the start of 2015.
Nigeria’s military, assisted by troops from Cameroon, Niger and Chad, said it motivated against the terrorists out of most of that land before this year. Since that time, the group has carried out its assaults on public places like marketplaces and mosques.
When asked about the audio recording purportedly of the sect’s leader, Colonel Usman said before including that specialists were attempting to establish whether it’s Shekau’s voice it was “the rant of a drowning guy”.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the credibility of the sound message.
Nigeria’s military has asserted that Shekau has been killed over the last few years although security sources have said he may have been replaced by impostors, for him to resurface in new videos and records.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby said Shekau, who hasn’t appeared in a video since February, was wounded last month and had been replaced as leader by Mahamoud Daoud, of whom little is understood.