Not less than 63 persons were reportedly killed Tuesday when explosives from a bag found by members of the Civilian-JTF in Monguno town of Borno state went off as residents gathered to take a look.
The incident happened at about 5pm, injuring several persons and also passers-by.
An operative of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Haruna Bukar, claimed to have witnessed the incident informed journalists on phone saying;
“It was not an attack by Boko Haram, but explosion from a discovered bag filled with bombs”, he said. “When they found the bag containing what later turned out to be improvised explosives, they brought it to Monguno town where people gathered to take a look at it. As they were busy fiddling with the content of the bag, the bombs went off with a massive blast that killed about 63 persons and injured dozen others”.
“It was really a very sad incident that affected many families. Most of those affected are young men and a few number of females”.
Monguno a town located about 130km away from Maiduguri suffered a massive attack on January 25 when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the military barracks there and sacked most residents from their homes.