According to the report, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being conveyed in the pickup van when it exploded and killed all passengers on board. The pickup van reportedly emerged from the bush path along Maiduguri-Gubio town carrying the nine passengers but it exploded just after getting to the tarred road heading towards Gubio, a town 80 km away from Maiduguri.The police

has confirmed the incident with its spokesperson Victor Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, saying: “There was an explosion today along Gubio road just before the military check point,” he said. “According to preliminary report, a pick up van with nine persons onboard, emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town, when it exploded killing all the persons onboard.” Premium Times notes that Tuesday’s blast is the fifth in a series of recent bomb attacks within and around Maiduguri in the last three weeks.

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