News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Suicide bombers kill 5 in Maiduguri

File photo: car bomb scene in Maiduguri on 12 October

No fewer than five persons were killed early today as two suicide bombers struck in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and  the heart of a seven-year-old insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram militants.

Wire reports quoted a military source and residents confirming the attacks.

The first attack occurred at 0600 GMT in front of a camp for displaced persons in the Bakassi area and minutes later a second bomb went off at a bus stop, eyewitness said.

Residents saw bodies being carried into an ambulance by government emergency services.

The bombings came 17 days after  a car bomb that killed 10 people when   a convoy was hit in the outskirt of the city.

The explosion at Muna garage hit the convoy with a  military escort as it made its way to  Gamboru Ngala.

Five persons were inside the taxi hit by the bomber.

A witness said he saw 10 corpses at the scene of the explosion, but NEMA gave a death toll of eight.

Cars in Borno state often travel in convoys organized by the military to minimize the risk of Boko Haram ambushes in rural areas.

The army has retaken much of the territory initially lost to the militants but Boko Haram still stages suicide bombing attacks and plants roadside bombs.