The Nigerian Army has said that the explosions which occurred in Maiduguri in the early hours of Sunday was not a terrorist attack as feared by residents of the metropolis.
Confirming the incident on Sunday in Maiduguri, Colonel Tukur Gusau, spokesman of the 7 Division of The Nigerian Army, told newsmen that the blasts resulted from the routine testing of military equipment by the army.
Gusau, who urged residents not to panic, explained that the firing of weapons by the military was a routine practice to ensure that they were combat-ready at all times.
“It is a routine test firing of our weapons to ensure that they are in a state of readiness,” he said.
The Street Journal recalls that sounds of explosions were heard on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis in the early hours of Sunday, which bore the imprimatur of similar past attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, causing residents to scamper for safety.