There is palpable fear in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, following rumoured plans by the Boko Haram sect to attack the area.
DailyPost gathered that security operatives, who have remained on red alert since Thursday, were hunting for 6 explosives meant for Maiduguri, which has the capacity to cause serious casualty.
The attackers were said to have entered the city with the aim of causing destruction.
One of them was said to have detonated his own at the Maiduguri Monday Market.
DailyPost also gathered that an Improvise Explosive Device, IED, planted in a pickup van loaded with firewood exploded on Friday and killed five persons, injuring several others at a checkpoint manned by members of the Civilian JTF and police officials in Konduga town.
Konduga is in Northeast state of Borno, which is the heartbeat of the Boko Haram insurgents and about 35 kilometres to Maiduguri, the state capital.
The blast came hours after Boko Haram terrorists suffered heavy casualty in two different military offensive that took place on Thursday night and Friday morning.
Eyewitnesses said the pickup van had approached the checkpoint at about noon and as the local security operatives tried to check the car before allowing it to pass, the driver, who was on a suicide mission detonated the explosives.
The device killed five persons, including a plain clothe police officer from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
A top security source in Borno State confirmed the incident to newsmen weekend in a phone chat.
“There was a blast targeted at the members of the Civilian-JTF manning a checkpoint in Konduga, about five persons were reportedly killed and several others injured.
“The attack on Konduga took place few hours after Boko Haram gunmen had attempted to attack a military base in Damboa town, 85km south of Maiduguri the Borno State capital, but ended up with heavy casualty”, he disclosed.
According to the anonymous source, the Boko Haram gunmen were on a reprisal mission hours after an air force jet bombarded their hideout in Yajiwa and Alagarno areas of Damboa local government area killing scores of the terrorists.
“It was a successful air raid carried out by the air force in conjunction with the ground troops of the Nigeria army from Division 7.
“During the air raid that took place on Thursday evening, the Boko Haram suffered heavy casualty as dozens of them were killed. Angered by the devastation they suffered, the insurgents decided to mobilise in full force with an attempt to attack the base in Damboa, but unknown to them, the soldiers there were fully aware and alert about possible reprisal attack.
“When they eventually surfaced on Friday morning in over ten vehicles, the soldiers took them by surprise and engaged them in a fierce shoot out that claimed over 50 of them”, the source said.