A car explosion in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria has led to the death of at least five, leaving several injured.
The car explosion occurred from an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) set off in a commercial Volkswagen Golf car at the Muna Garage Junction in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Some of the casualties are said to be passers-by who were at the site of the incident while the bomb was reportedly set off by one of the passengers in the car.
The public Relations Officer of the Borno State command police, Emmanuel Isuku stated that the five people who were in the vehicle were killed.
“Please be informed that at about 0830 today (Wednesday), there was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion on board a Golf 1 motor vehicle with reg. No JERE 349 XA, body S/No RTEAN 7179 taxi color.”
“The car was carrying five people – four females and a male driver. The explosion occurred when the taxi was attempting to join the convoy of other vehicles heading to Gamboru town.
“All the four female passengers and the male driver died in the explosion. The suicide bomber who is reasonably believed to be one of the female casualties was picked along the road.”
According to Vanguard, the explosion happened on Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. A source mentioned that the Volkswagen Golf car was heading towards Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road when it exploded on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.
This comes on the heels of a suspected Boko Haram invasion of Kwashebe village in the same vicinity of the Muna garage. This invasion led to the death of 5 residents, followed by looting of foodstuff and livestock.