Speaking in Maiduguri on Sunday, leader of the Ngamboru market traders association, Mallam Audu Yakuba said 7 people were killed with several others seriously injured in the explosion.
The suicide attack hit Ngamboru market less than 24 hours after 30 people were reported to have been killed on Saturday in a mosque near Monday market.
According to Mallam Audu, the Sunday afternoon attack was another shock as, ” the last time we heard that about 600 suicide bombers were planning to get into Maiduguri, we have been very vigilant, but you see, when something like this wants to happen, one cannot know. This is very unfortunate. It is our hope that the new government would bring this Boko Haram problem to an end.”
Another trader, Umar Maikaji told our correspondent that, the explosion which occurred around 1:00pm left many traders injured. ” I saw four corpses and many persons were injured. I saw one injured person without an arm, another without his legs. The explosion according to some people was suspected to have been buried near the spot where charcoal traders sell coal but some people claimed it was a suicide bomber.”
Other traders who, spoke to our correspondent are beginning to blame the government. Usman Sani said, ” With the recent attacks and bomb blast, government should have taken drastic action since the first attack, but we are not seeing what we are expecting from this government. We need action from the government and the sooner, the better for everybody.”
Tijuana Kalamu said, ” let government open the Maiduguri Airport so that more soldiers can come and rescue us from these insurgents. In fact, we are expecting that by now, with the declaration of our new president, soldiers would have been seen taking control of the state. It is time for serious search in Maiduguri because so many of these Boko Haram members are in town”