Violence and killing continued in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Thursday in Bulabulin ward of Biafara area, as gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect members shot and killed three Igbo traders in their respective shops around 11am.
According to an eyewitness and resident of Bulabulin ward, Chindo Ibrahim, the gunmen stormed the traders’ shops in a tricycle, chanting God is great and started firing gunshots into the air to scare people away from the area.
“we were just opening our shops for the day when we started hearing gunshots towards Ahmadu Bello Way and people started running into several directions for safety. Some of us run into our shops and market stalls, while others fled into their houses for safety. But I saw three dead bodies lying in front of three different shops. I cannot tell you whether the bodies are of gunmen or some of our colleagues shot this morning (Thursday),” Ibrahim said.
The Bulabulin ward, facing the eastern flank of the popular Maiduguri Monday Market (MMMK), had since been condoned off by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) to prevent further attacks and killings. Ahmadu Bello Way and the Shehuri North road were closed by JTF, leaving only the Shehu Laminu Way for motorists and pedestrians.
The spokesman of Borno state Police Command, Gideon Jibrin confirmed incident saying there were attacks in Bulabulin ward of the metropolis on Thursday morning.
He said the attacks were on some shops in area, where three people were killed in their shops.