30 killed in Yobe, Borno sui­cide blasts

Over 100 ter­ror­ists shot dead – Army

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Shehu Abubakar, Maiduguri & Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

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

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, told Daily Trust that 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.

Our cor­re­spon­dent 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.

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

Gun­shots, ex­plo­sions heard in Gei­dam

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 yesterday 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.

Gov. Gaidam mourns vic­tims, tasks se­cu­rity agen­cies

Yobe State Gover­nor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has con­demned the killings and ex­pressed his con­do­lences and sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of vic­tims.

In a state­ment by his spokesman, Malam Ab­dul­lahi Bego, Gaidam said al­ready, treat­ment had com­menced for in­jured vic­tims at the Sani Abatcha Spe­cial­ist Hos­pi­tal, Da­maturu.

He said three of the 11 in­jured vic­tims had been re­ferred to the Na­tional Orthopaedic Hos­pi­tal, Dala Kano for fur­ther med­i­cal care at gov­ern­ment’s ex­pense.

The gover­nor de­scribed the at­tacks as cow­ardly and bar­baric and that he re­mained con­fi­dent that de­spite these un­jus­ti­fied sui­cide at­tacks, the in­sur­gency would come to an end soon in view of the all-hands-on-deck ap­proach adopted by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

He com­mended the se­cu­rity agents on the ground in Yobe State for their ef­fort in the gen­eral se­cu­rity im­prove­ment in the state and urged them to step up sur­veil­lance to pre­vent in­sur­gents and crim­i­nals from con­duct­ing fur­ther at­tacks.

The gover­nor also urged Yobe res­i­dents not to re­lent in their ex­em­plary sup­port to and co­op­er­a­tion with se­cu­rity agents and called on them to con­tinue to pray to Almighty Al­lah (SWT) for the full restora­tion of peace and se­cu­rity.

Am­mu­ni­tion, arms and ex­plo­sive de­vices re­cov­ered by Nige­rian sol­diers from Boko Haram mem­bers, af­ter their foiled at­tack of a mil­i­tary base in Goniri, Yobe State. On the right is the ter­ror­ists’ hide­out.

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