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50 Killed In Suicide Explosion In Maiduguri

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As many as 50 people today lost their lives when asuicide attacker detonated a bomb at the central market in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.

Eyewitnesses and a security source said the death toll was so high because the suicide bomber appeared to have targeted roadside traders along the city’s busiest area. One source said the attack left scores of people injured with blood splattered all over the ground.

Witnesses said dismembered bodies were gathered up and taken away from the scene almost an hour after the gruesome attack.

Bukar Mali, a trader at the market, said 27 bodies were first taken away, adding that more charred bodies were later discovered.

A civilian member of the Joint Task Force said he counted at least 40 dead bodies, adding that another 69 injured victims were taken away to health facilities.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno visited the scene of the deadly explosion at 2.30 p.m. (Nigerian time) and later went to the state specialist hospital. Addressing the press, Mr. Shettima condemned the attack. He pledged to continue to deliver services to the people of the state, announcing that the families of the 15 youth volunteers who died when they accosted the bomber would receive N1 million each.He said the volunteers sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

Dr. Laraba Bello, medical director of the Maiduguri General Hospital, said 18 injured victims had been admitted at the hospital’s accident and emergency ward. She disclosed that the hospital could not admit all the injured victims and was compelled to transfer many to other hospitals, adding that two women were among the victims.

Babagana Bukar, the general manager of the Maiduguri International Market, confirmed that 15 of the dead victims were members of the youth vigilante group the locals call civilian JTF. He told Governor Shettima that 69 injured people were taken to various hospitals.

A leader of the youth volunteers in the area told the governor that 17 of their members had died.

Angry youths in the market attacked some firefighters for failing to arrive quicker at the scene of the carnage.

Today’s attack registered one of the highest casualty rates since January 14 when a blast near the post office in Maiduguri claimed close to fifty lives.

Bomb Explosion rocks Ile – Ife

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There was a pandemonium in the early hours of Tuesday in the  ancient city of Ile-Ife in Osun state following an explosion suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devise IED that rocked the city.

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Bomb Explosion rocks Ile – Ife

It was reliably gathered that two explosive devices which were planted in two strategic locations at Agbedegbede area of the town exploded at 5.30 am, leaving residents of the area in shock and apprehension.

Although no life was lost to the explosion, it was gathered that property which are yet to be estimated  were destroyed by the explosion.

The state commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim  Maishanu who confirmed the incident said “the explosion was a minor one and not a major explosion.”

He said the state Police command would reinforce security in all parts of the state, assuring all residents of the state to continue with thie activities peacefully.

Meanwhile, Osun state government has condemned explosion that rocked Ile-Ife, describing it as unfortunate.

The state commissioner for Information and Strategy, MrSunday Akere urged the people of the state to remain calm, saying that the government would not allow any threat to the peace of the state.

Boko Haram Bomb blast rocks Kano school

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KANO – Scores were feared dead Monday afternoon at
the premises of Kano School of Health Technology
located along Gida Murtala–B UK Road.
The high calibre improvised explosive device went off
aroud 2pm at a time the school is in session.
The blast appeared to come from a parking lot next to
the provost’s office of the School of Hygiene, a post-
secondary training school, said a teacher who
requested anonymity. Kano police spokesman Magaji
Magia confirmed the blast but declined to provide
details until he reached the scene.
More Details soon.

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