Witnesses have given accounts of the deadly bomb blast that rocked a grocery market in Maiduguri on Friday morning.
Five people were reportedly killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded earlier morning grocery market in the Borno State capital on Friday.
According to a member of the youth vigilante group, who spoke under condition of anonymity, the attack happened at 6:30 am (local time) when most people were still in bed.
“The bomb was detonated by a woman who arrived the market pretending as if she was one of those that come early to buy vegetables. The woman arrived in a tricycle at about 6:30 am on Friday at Gamboru market where a wholesale trading of fresh vegetables are made,” he said.
Another witness reported that a woman detonated the bomb strapped on her at the tricycles park where passengers are dropped and picked.
“The blast occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to pick passengers that go to buy different kinds of fresh vegetables brought in by local farmers for onward sales in their different stalls. The woman had come on a tricycle like every other person who come very early in the morning to make purchases at the market does,” said the witness said.
Confirming the blast, the information officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Northeast Zonal Office in Maiduguri, AbdulKadir Ibrahim said there was an explosion at the market, but pleaded that journalists to wait a little longer to get the casualty figures.