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UPDATED: Military Says ‘Routine Equipment Testing’ Caused Explosions In Maiduguri

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Update at 2.03pm 

NAN – The spokesman for the 7th division of the Nigerian army, Tukur Gusau, told NAN that the loud sound that scared people was caused by routing testing of the military equipment.

“It is a routine test firing of our weapons to ensure that they are in a state of readiness.”

The development comes after bombing of Kuje and Nyanya sites in Abuja by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on October 2.

Maiduguri was attacked on the Independence Day, October 1, when the suicide bombers detonated their devices simultaneously near the house of a vigilante leader at a popular public gathering around a tea seller joint.

Abuja death toll has already reached 20, while in Maiduguri at least 14 people were said to have lost their lives.

Reported by Vanguard at 11.30am on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Multiple explosions were heard Sunday, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria that has repeatedly been attacked by Boko Haram Islamists, locals said.

They said loud explosions were heard from the areas of Kayamla and Dalori, three days after Maiduguri was attacked by the insurgents, leaving 10 dead and many more injured.

This is coming barely four days, after five suicide bombers had stormed the city, killing no fewer than 14 people with 39 others injured, on October 1, the nation’s 55th Independence Day Anniversary.

Also, on Friday, Boko Haram bombed Nyanya and Kuje, the suburbs of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. About 18 people died, including the bombers, even as 41 people were injured.

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