A commander of Nigeria's anti-terrorism Joint Task Force, Colonel Victor Oheneme, told VOA the three men were members of the radical Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
Joint Task Force members rushed to the area after the blasts destroyed a house in the residential Kaleri neighborhood. There, they discovered the mangled bodies of the men and a stash of homemade bombs.
Photos obtained by VOA show the blasts reduced the house to rubble. Unexploded bombs at the site show the bomb-makers were constructing their devices out of cans of cooking oil.
Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for many deadly bombings and shootings across northern Nigeria, including attacks in the city of Kano in January that killed nearly 200 people.
Officials also blame the group for a wave of school burnings in Maiduguri this week.
The group's name roughly translates to “Western education is a sin.” Much about Boko Haram remains unknown but the group is believed to be pushing for stricter application of Islamic law in northern Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to crush the group, but it continues to carry out frequent attacks, often targeting police, government officials, and clergy. VoA.