Boko Haram jihadists have killed 10 people and injured 21 others with mortar shells in Borno state capital, Maiduguri, local militia and residents told AFP.
The insurgents were said to have fired two volleys of explosives on the city on Tuesday, hitting the densely populated Adamkolo and Gwange neighbourhoods, Eko Hot Blog gathered.
“We have six dead in Adamkolo and four others in Gwange from the mortar explosions,” militia leader Babakura Kolo told AFP.
“The explosives were fired by Boko Haram terrorists from Kaleri on the outskirts of the city,” he said.
Eyewitness Sama’ila Ibrahim said the jihadists crossed the ditch fortification around Maiduguri into Kaleri, sending residents scrambling for safety with sporadic shooting.
“Luckily they didn’t hit anyone. After shooting more minutes they left towards Boboshe,” he said.
Ibrahim said the militants came through Boboshe village, a known Boko Haram enclave.
The sect has repeatedly made incursions into Maiduguri, using heavy guns, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide bombers.
The attacks aimed at overrunning the regional capital have usually been foiled in fierce gun battles with troops.