No fewer than 13 persons have been confirmed dead, while over 40 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a rain of 10 rocket attacks on Maiduguri by suspected Boko Haram, yesterday.
As at the time of filing the report Tuesday night, a team of security, military, Civilian JTF and humanitarian workers were still combing the town for corpses even as the injured were assisted to the hospital.
Initial count of corpses has it that 13 persons were lost even as over 40 persons were reportedly injured.
The major casualties were recorded at a football pitch in Gwange near the House of late Gen Mamman Shuwa, who was one of the earlier casualties of insurgency in the state.
At the football pitch, nine boys who were playing football early evening were killed by the shot rockets.
Many others were injured at the football pitch by the rockets, which many said were 10 in number fired simultaneously.
Other parts of the town were not spared the rocket launch believed to have been shot to destabilize the town, paving way for a massive attack by the insurgents.
At Adam Kolo part of the town, the rockets killed four persons and got many others injured.
Multiple sources said four persons were killed in the explosion in the area, which also resulted in injuries to many others.
One of the source, said a Mercedes Benz parked in the area was totally damaged.
He said that the corpses were removed and taken to the State Specialist Hospital. He said those that were injured were equally assisted to the hospital to be treated.
When our correspondent drove to the area at about 6:30 to have a clear picture of happenings, the entire area was cordoned off by Civilian JTF and some soldiers.
Many people were seen fleeing into other parts of the town with fear that it may be a prelude to further attacks. One of those that spoke, said
“This is strange, in all the years of the attack on Maiduguri, we have not seen such massive rocket landing on us.
“We just need to flee into town for it is getting dark and we do not know what lies ahead.”
The military had to push the insurgents who were stationed around the town away with air bombardment to stop the town from getting infiltrated by the insurgents.