A bomb blasted on Saturday at a mosque near the popular ‘Monday Market’ in Maiduguri, a few hours after the incumbent new President took the oath of office, vowing to destroy Boko Haram.
The attack took place during the Islamic early evening prayer (3:40pm) at one of the mosques located near the Monday market.
Condemning the attack on Maiduguri, Buhari said that the government would not tolerate any criminal elements or anarchy.
Nigeria's military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key north-eastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office.
In another attack, a rocket fired by Boko Haram hit a residential building in Maiduguri, killing at least seven people and injuring a dozens others on Friday night, witnesses and security officials said according to local news sources.
“7 persons were killed, 17 injured and about two houses completely destroyed as a result of the RPGs pumped into the town by Boko Haram insurgents,” a top security officer at the Department of Security Service (DSS) informed journalists, requesting anonymity.
Boko Haram also attempted to enter a town to capture it, but could not advance further beyond the barricading trenches and sand fortress dug and built around the troubled city, a low ranked military personnel told Leadership, a Nigerian newspaper.
Sources said the overnight attack on the Borno State capital saw rocket-propelled grenades fired into homes in a bombardment that reportedly lasted several hours.
Describing terrorists as cowards attacking and killing civilians, Buhari has sworn to protect the security of Nigerians everywhere.