Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill two in Maiduguri

Two people in the northeast city of Maiduguri in Nigeria were killed on Monday, officials say, believed to have been gunned down by members of the radical Boko Haram sect.

According to the Associated Press, suspected sect gunmen had carried out the attack in a neighborhood that once held the sect’s main mosque.

Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhe said police were investigating the shooting which took place hours after the Sunday night bombing that struck Kano’s largely Christian Sabon Gari neighborhood.

Witnesses say some three people were injured when the low calibre explosive was detonated. A Honda CRV was also reportedly damaged. No one was killed in the attacks.

No arrests were made in Kano, but police officials in the state assured that an anti-bomb squad had been deployed to conduct a thorough sweep of the area.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen open fire in Maiduguri market, kill 7

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed seven people at the popular Maiduguri Monday market on Wednesday, police and eye witnesses said.

According to reports, the armed insurgents stormed the market, one of the largest in the northeastern state, at about 2 p.m. and targeted an area of the market where southern traders operate.

Witnesses to the attack say the gunmen first shot and killed an electronic salesman before targeting other Igbo traders, the AP reported.

“They opened fire on some shops selling insecticides and mosquito nets, killing seven traders,” he said, adding that no arrests had been made,” state police commissioner Bala Hassan said.

“The shooting caused confusion in the market, which gave the attackers the chance to escape unnoticed before the arrival of security personnel,” he said.

Guard soldiers in the area opened fire, shooting in the air, in order to disperse civilians, but they were unable to stop the assailants from escaping.

Samuel Tizhe, state police spokesman also confirmed the attacks, adding that “three other civilians also sustained injury during the attack at Monday Market”.

He added that calm has been restored to the area and said authorities “have reinforced security in and around the state”.

Authorities said weapons were recovered following the attack and said the area has been cordoned off while police conduct a thorough search of the area.

No arrests have been made yet, but security officials have assured investigations are ongoing.