17 Feb 2015

Multiple explosions rock Biu; ...scores feared dead

Three thunderous blasts occurred in Biu town of Borno state at about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

A source said the blasts occurred at Yamarkumi area of Biu along Maiduguri road.
“There were three bomb explosions now in Biu at Yamarkumi along Maiduguri road. We are trying to get to the place now. It occurred just about ten minutes ago. Ambulances and security operatives are all rushing to the spot".
The blasts occurred barely five days after ‎a suicide bomber killed 8 persons and injured over 40 other traders in Biu market.

Biu is the largest Borno town in the southern part of the state located 187 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

A member of the Biu “Civilian JTF” involved in the rescue of those affected in the explosion said some young members of the group were also affected in the explosion.

He said suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents are believed to be behind the attack.

It was a failed attempt to smuggle the Improvised Explosive Devices into Biu town, with the aim of wreaking havoc on innocent people. But the devices exploded at the checkpoint, the Civilian JTF member said.

There is no confirmation of the casualty figure.

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