On Thursday, multiple rockets were launched into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, by the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP).

The insurgents launched the ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit.

Buhari is in the city to inaugurate projects done by the state government .

The explosives landed in several areas which include Ngomari, Bulumkutu, Ajilari and Ayafe communities within the metropolis.

The insurgents were said to have launched the attack from the outskirt of Auno which is about 15 kilometres away from the city.

Residents within the area scampered for safety amid sounds of explosion.

The casualty figure is yet to be ascertained but many houses were destroyed.

The president arrived in Maiduguri around 11am as part of a one-day official visit to Borno.

The president was received by Babagana Zulum, governor of the state, Usman Kadafur, his deputy, members of national and state houses of assembly, and some top government officials.

Other dignitaries that received the president were Faruk Yahaya, chief of army staff, and Christopher Musa, theatre commander of operation Hadin Kai.

Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, was not immediately available to comment on the attack.