A total of 8 persons have lost their lives and 15 injured in the explosion that occurred early this morning at Muna motor park, Maiduguri, Borno State National Emergency Management Agency says.
The rescue team of National Emergency Management Agency who responded to the incident, evacuated the injured persons and the bodies of the dead victims to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Borno State Specialist Hospital.
The explosion occurred outside the park, located in the outskirt of the town and is used by motorists that carry passengers to the Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala axis of the state.
The Injured persons taken to the hospitals are presently being attended. Security has been beefed up at the scene of the explosion.
The Police Spokesman in Borno Mr Victor Isuku, said “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 colour.
“The car was carrying five people – four females and a male driver,” Isuku added.
He said that the explosion occurred around Muna garrage along maiduguri /Gamboru Ngala road.
“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,” Isuku said.
He said that the bomber was suspected to have been picked by the driver on the road
“The suicide bomber who is reasonably believed to be one of the female casualties, was picked along the road,” Isuku said.