An attack on Tuesday by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno State, Nigerian has killed at least 10 people and injured 47 others in a recent report.
The Borno state governor Babagana Zulum said the attackers fired rocket propelled grenades into densely populated areas in the city, including a children’s playground.
He said the grenades were launched from the outskirts of the city.
Pictures released by some authorities show dozens of injured people in hospital, including children.
Governor Zulum on Wednesday however visited two hospitals where the injured were being treated.
.@ProfZulum at hospitals, confirms 10 deaths, 47 injuries after Boko Haram’s RPG hit Gwange
… Says Gov't. taking measures
.. Optimistic Insurgents won’t retake Marte again https://t.co/X63UkTaC79 pic.twitter.com/7hb8mqq2Op— Governor Borno (@GovBorno) February 24, 2021
He said the use of long distance bombs by insurgents was part of a new trend that needed to be stopped.
A similar attack on the city took place in July when three rockets left 4 dead and 3 wounded.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Maiduguri is the birth place of Boko Haram, and the city has frequently been targeted by the insurgents.
The Boko Haram insurgency, which has lasted for more than a decade, has killed at least 36,000 people and displaced two million in many parts of the country.