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