Multiple explosions and gunfire rocked Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum yesterday, leaving unconfirmed number of people dead in cities that have witnessed deadly Boko Haram attacks in the recent past. At least 5 explosions were heard in Maiduguri while no less than ten blasts and sporadic gun fire were reported in Damaturu, Yobe State. In the two cities, combined forces of the military and police reportedly had fierce shootouts with members of the Boko Haram sect. Residents and security sources fear that many people might have been killed or injured in the violence.
In Damaturu, the explosions were heard at an outskirts settlement Pompomari, behind the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu. The blasts in Maiduguri rocked Baga Road, Dala, Jajeri and Abbaganaram areas. Witnesses said the encounter in Damaturu which started around 3pm yesterday lasted for more than 4 hours, as sounds of explosions and gunfire rent the air and thick smoke billow into the sky.