No fewer than 25 persons lost their lives in a fresh explosion which hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque. According to a police officer, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES about the incident, the victims had gathered to investigate if a fleeing Boko Haram bomber truly abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.
A primary school teacher in the area, Malam Suleiman's account was however different. "The people normally sit down around the mosque in the morning," he said. "The place is like a meeting point where neighbours converge to relax." "After the morning prayers they just sat down outside the mosque as usual and then the bomb went off. It was not suicide bombing like that of last night. It may have been planted. “Many people died but I can’t give actual figure of the casualties."