Boko Haram fires rocket into Maiduguri ahead of Buhari’s visit

Boko Haram fighters have hit Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, ahead of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The insurgents were said to have attacked three communities at Ngomari airport general area in Maiduguri.

The attackers appeared to have targetted the airport as they struck 10:45am, a few minutes before the arrival of Buhari.

Some locals told Daily Trust that the attackers hit the communities with rocket launchers, killing unconfirmed number of people, destroying residential area and properties.

A resident said one of the rockets landed close to an office and two landed in Ngomari Ayashe community, killing four children, one in Moranti.

“I can confirm that a 16-year-old child, Walida, was affected in the attack. She died instantly; she was cooking when her head got destroyed by the rocket,” the resident said.

At least 25 persons reportedly sustained injuries in the attack, which the authorities are yet to comment on.

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