Three civilians have been killed by a suicide bomber in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Eyewitness accounts report that an improvised explosive device targeting the Joint military Task Force (JTF) by a suicide bomber, killing himself and three civilians.
Confirming the incident, JTF spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa reveals that the explosion occurred at about one o’clock this afternoon, and that besides the dead ones, two others were also wounded.
The statement further says JTF patrol vehicle was damaged as a result of the blast.
The Joint Task Force also called on the people of the state to disregard a leaflet and a publication being circulated by suspected terrorists group Boko Haram allegedly from its leader Abubakar Shekarau threatening and warning government, civil servants, politicians traditional rulers and security agencies that the sect has not made any reconciliation with the government and that it has not declared any ceasefire.
JTF asked the people of the state to disregard such publication and to consider it as a part of the terrorists’ propaganda and strategy to keep the civil populace in captivity and perpetual fear with the view of unleashing more terror on innocent citizens as the taskforce also requested the continuous cooperation of the citizens and collaboration between JTF and the citizens towards ending the insurgency with a view to bringing back normalcy in the state and the country as a whole.