Maiduguri, the Borno state capital has in the last 24 hours turned into a theatre of war and destruction.
News just coming in from the city has it that bomb explosions have sent not fewer than 40 people to early grave.
In the early hours of today, a bomb went off at a mosque and killed a yet unknown number of people.
However, few hours later yet another attack has been launched on the city by suspected Boko Haram sect, witnesses and security sources said.
They said the latest explosions were detonated by suspected teenage girls.
Many people are feared dead, and several others injured, witnesses said.
Maiduguri has become a theatre of explosions in the past few days as Boko Haram insurgents ferried several explosives into the city.
According to a witness, “A man saw two girls walking around and he tried to caution them to be careful as it was dangerous for them to be wandering when the two girls detonated themselves, killing the man and some other persons.”
“Since last night, residents have been finding undetonated bombs believed to have been abandoned by Boko Haram gunmen.
“We are under siege and we don’t know how many of these bombs or these female suicide bombers were sneaked into Maiduguri.”
In the early morning explosion, at least 20 persons were reportedly killed, as residents gathered around a mosque.
The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.
A police officer said the victims had gathered to investigate if a bomb was truly abandoned in the mosque.
“I have never seen such foolishness when people would go peeping into a mosque to find out if truly there was an explosive deposited in a place. But sadly, the bomb went off and over 20 persons were killed and many injured.”
But the account of Malam Suleiman, a primary school teacher in the area, was slightly different.
“The people normally sit down around the mosque in the morning,” he said. ”The place is like a meeting point where neighbours converge to relax.”
“After the morning prayers they just sat down outside the mosque as usual and then the bomb went off. It was not suicide bombing like that of last night. It may have been planted.
“Many people died but I can’t give actual figure of the casualties”, he said.