Monday, 18 June 2018

20 Persons Dead, 48 Others Injured As Fresh Explosion hits Borno Village

The death of at least twenty people has been confirmed after an explosion in the local government area of ​​Damboa, in the state of Borno, according to Channels Television.

The report revealed that the explosion is suspected to be a suicide attack by Boko Haram bombers.

The sad incident took place while residents of the town of Abachari, in the local government area of ​​Damboa, were watching the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations when the explosion occurred on Saturday night.

The attack was confirmed to Channels Television by Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu.

"Around a quarter to nine yesterday night, there was a loud explosion in the village of Abacahri, along the Damboa / Chibok road, the DPO mobilized with our SARS and civil JTF men to the place and found 20 people dead and another 48 injured.

"Some of the bodies were found chattering, which indicates that the explosion came from an explosive device," Chukwu said.

Chukwu also said police must still confirm whether the explosion was the result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a rocket-propelled grenade.

Since then, the injured people have been transferred to the General Hospital of Damboa, while others have been transferred to the Teaching Hospital of Maiduguri to receive specialist care.

The Police Commissioner revealed that the number of victims is in the high part because most of them returned from celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr vacation when the attackers attacked.

The military, however, said the attack was carried out by suicide bombers.

The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas dispelled rumors suggesting that the explosion was military artillery. He said that six suicide bombers were responsible for the explosion.

He, however, assured that the troops are on the ground to stabilize the affected area and avoid any other adverse event.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed that 12 of the injured are in critical condition, while the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organizes a helicopter to evacuate them to Maiduguri, the capital of the state of Borno.

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