There was pandemonium in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Monday, following a twin-blast that occurred.
Eyewitnesses said that the blast was as a result of Boko Haram attack on a Mossque, which left 40 people dead.
But in a swift reaction, the Nigerian Military refuted the reports that the blast was done by Boko Haram, saying it actually carried out the operation to intercept the insurgents.
In a press statement issued by Media Coordinator of Operation lafiya Dole, Colonel MUSTAPHA ANKA, the army stated that it intercepted and destroyed 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers at the outskirts of Maiduguri town.
“This evening (27 Dec 15), troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, intercepted and destroyed 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers at the outskirts of Maiduguri town.
“Contrary to earlier media reports and rumours flying around, 2 Boko Haram terrorists suspected suicide bombers earlier intercepted by vigilant troops disclosed their colleagues intent to enter the city with the aim of detonating bombs in selected public places”.
“Consequently, the troops laid ambush on the terrorists suspected routes along Damboa road and eliminated them. The suicide bombers were intercepted in 3 different locations approaching the city; Ajiri area towards Damboa road, High Court axis and the Eye Hospital Area”.
“The Explosive Ordinance Device team have been mobilized and they are combing the general a area as well as clearing the debris. Normalcy has been restored to the general area and the public are please advised to go about their normal businesses and social activities. However, it is important to maintain more vigilance and security consciousness”.