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Police defuse bombs near Maiduguri market

Sources said two IEDs were planted near the market, which is also close to a neighbourhood Juma’at mosque, apparently targeting residents. Boko Haram insurgents were…

Sources said two IEDs were planted near the market, which is also close to a neighbourhood Juma’at mosque, apparently targeting residents. Boko Haram insurgents were immediately suspected. Witnesses said nobody was killed but shops and stalls near the market have been destroyed even as the explosives have left large craters. It was gathered that the attention of youth vigilantes, also known as ‘Civilian JTF’, was drawn to the scene. They, in turn, called the Anti-Bomb Squad and the army.
In terms of size and patronage, the Gamboru market, situated around the Customs area is next to the Monday Market where at least 24 people were killed and nearly 60 injured on Tuesday.
A thunderous sound was heard across the state capital around 9.30am, a development that heightened fear. Soldiers and youth vigilantes have since intensified house-to-house searches in Maiduguri, where there is heavy traffic in all the township roads.