8 June 2011
Maiduguri — At least ten people died in Maiduguri yesterday while many others sustained serious injuries as a result of several bomb blasts and a gunfight that ensued between the police and gunmen suspected to be members of the Yusufiyya Movement, popularly called Boko Haram.
Police spokesman ASP Lawan Abdullahi said three of the sect members were killed by the police during a gun duel while two civilians died as a result of a bomb blast.
The series of attacks started when two bombs went off in front of the St. Patrick's Church, opposite the Musa Usman State Secretariat in the heart of the city at 2.30pm. Witnesses said five people were killed at the scene even though the police said only two passersby died when shrapnel the explosion hit them.