At least six people died after twin blasts occurred on Saturday morning, 29 October, in Maiduguri town in the Boko Haram-infested Nigerian state of Borno. The suicide blasts took place at two different locations, about 1km apart, within a span of 40 minutes, eyewitnesses told local media.
The first bomb reportedly detonated at about 7am local time (7am BST) at a coffee drinking joint near a camp for conflict-hit displaced people. The second blast occurred at about 7.35am local time in a tricycle near a fuel station.
The second bomb killed a woman and the rider of the tricycle, Premium Times reported, adding that it was not clear if they were the suicide bombers. Eyewitnesses added that the injured have been taken to hospital.
Alhaji DanBatta, an official of the Civilian-Joint Task Force in Nigeria, confirmed the two incidents to the paper, but could not give an account on the casualties. He said that the bombers were trying to enter the migrant camp, which is one of the largest such camps in Maiduguri.
"We have another sad day today, but we thank God the worst did not happen; because the suicide bombers actually wanted to enter Bakassi camp, and that could have been really bad," DanBatta reportedly said.
"There was another one [blast] just opposite the NNPC Depot along Damboa Road. But I cannot give you the details of the casualties recorded immediately because we are presently conveying the victims to the hospital. I will get back to you when the doctors confirm their conditions," he told the paper.