AFTERMATH OF SUI­CIDE BOMB­ING

Wreck­age of a ve­hi­cle driven by a sui­cide bomber at Mo­lai vil­lage near Maiduguri on Tues­day.

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

Mal­lam Muham­mad Musa, an el­der in Mo­lai vil­lage of Borno State which was hit by sui­cide bombs Tues­day, leading to the death of 22 per­sons, says hu­man flesh has con­tam­i­nated the only source of potable wa­ter in the vil­lage.

Musa yes­ter­day took news­men to a well which he said hu­man parts fell into as the bomb went off. “As you can see, we can drink no more from it even though a govern­ment of­fi­cial told us that Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima will soon visit us. We would make an ap­peal for a bore­hole,” he said.

Twenty-two people, in­clud­ing four soldiers, a med­i­cal doc­tor work­ing at the Mo­lai Lep­rosy Hospi­tal, seven mem­bers of the youth vig­i­lantes also known as Civil­ian JTF and some chil­dren were con­firmed killed when sui­cide bombers hit a mil­i­tary check­point in the vil­lage on the out­skirts of Maiduguri.

Our cor­re­spon­dent who vis­ited the scene yes­ter­day learnt from vig­i­lante lead­ers and res­i­dents that some petty traders and passersby were also killed by shrap­nel from the bombs. Vig­i­lante leader, Kabiru Baba, said they were dev­as­tated by the at­tack.

“Seven of my mem­bers and four soldiers were killed and there were other civil­ians in­clud­ing adults and chil­dren. We counted 22 bod­ies in all,” he said, adding that many people were in­jured, and that the 22 bod­ies ex­clude those of the sui­cide bombers.

A se­nior of­fi­cer at the Mo­lai Hospi­tal con­firmed the death of the med­i­cal doc­tor. “We will for­mally an­nounce his name af­ter ob­tain­ing clear­ance from his fam­ily but hon­estly we are go­ing to miss him. He was killed in his car while on his way home af­ter at­tend­ing to pa­tients here,” he said. Two bomb laden ve­hi­cles ex­ploded at a check­point in Mo­lai while soldiers in­ter­cepted two oth­ers head­ing to­wards an NNPC mega sta­tion and killed the sui­cide bombers Tues­day.

PHOTO Omirin Olatunji

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