30 killed in Yobe, Borno suicide blasts


At least 30 people were killed and many others injured in suicide bombings in Yobe  and Borno states on Wednesday.

The incident happened on the day the military said it had killed 100 insurgents that tried to attack an army base in Goneri, Yobe State.

In Damaturu, the Yobe state capital three suicide bombers strapped with explosives attacked a mosque, a shopping complex, and a herder’s settlement on the edge of the town.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin, said 18 people were confirmed dead in the attacks.

“Eleven people died at the Fulani herders’ settlement on the outskirts of Damaturu, while four people died at the shopping complex and two at the community mosques all in Buhari Estate,” he said.

It was gathered that the first blast occurred around 5:15am as the bomber targeted worshippers at the mosque.

Witnesses said a university undergraduate, Hassan Mohammed Damagum, intercepted the bomber as he made for the mosque in the estate.

One of the witnesses, Mustafa Bukar, said the student struggled with the bomber.

“He produced a gun and tried to shoot but the student prevented him from taking aim and the shots went off target.

“In frustration the bomber held the student tightly and set off the explosive and both died instantly, “ the witness said.

The second attack happened around 6:15 am when the second suicide bomber attacked the herder’s settlement. The explosion killed 11 people and injured many.

Five minutes later, the third bomber struck at the shopping complex in Buhari Estate four people were killed and several others were injured.

Wednesday’s blast came almost a month after a female suicide bomber detonated explosives at a motor park that killed six people and injured 43.

Reports reaching Damaturu later at dusk yesterday said insurgents attacked Geidam town, about 100 kilometres to the north of the Yobe State capital.

Multiple explosions and gunshots rent the air as the insurgents appeared on the outskirts of the town.
Terrified residents retreated into their homes, locked themselves and prayed hard for succour from the Almighty.

Some residents told our correspondent on phone that security operatives had earlier alerted the people and advised everyone to retire home for safety.

“Some soldiers said Boko Haram militants were sighted kilometres away and advised people to return to their homes.”

He said the soldiers later imposed total restriction of movement and engaged the militants at the outskirt of the town.

Also, in Borno State on Wednesday, 12 people were feared killed in an attack on a mosque as worshippers stood in prayers at dawn.

Two suicide bombers carried out the mosque attack in Gubio village.

A resident, Zanna Modu Gubio who fled to Maiduguri, the state capital, told Daily Trust that the attacks occurred at about 5:30am by two male suicide bombers.

Zanna, an applicant, said he counted 12 corpses at the scene of the blast before he fled the scene.

“The early Morning prayer had started; I was late, preparing to rush to the mosque from my house when I heard the sounds of the twin bombs going off simultaneously. I counted 12 corpses with several people injured and crying for help. I locked my door and ran away thinking there would be more attacks,” he said.

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