13 Killed In Yobe State Eid Prayer Ground Bombing

Bomb blast in YobeTwo bomb explosions have occurred at the Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State in Nigeria’s volatile north-east.

Muslims had gathered at the ground on Friday morning to mark Eid-el-Fitr.

The first bomb went off around 7:37am close close to the phase one Eid prayer ground while the second one occurred three minutes later along Gwang Sabon Pegi Street by cemetery.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said “two female suicide bombers – an elderly woman and a ten year old girl – detonated devices at screening areas mounted by the security for intending Muslim worshippers.

Under Control

Seven people were injured in the first explosion while eleven people were wounded in the second one. Hospital sources had earlier said about 10 persons were killed, most of whom were children.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Marcus Danladi, while giving details of how the attacks were carried out, told Channels Television that “13 people have since been confirmed dead while about 15 others are receiving treatment”.

He revealed that the attacks were carried out by little girls “less than 10 years of age”.

Residents have left the praying ground and returned to their homes, as ordered by security personnel.

Troops and security agencies responded immediately to the incidents and the he situation is currently under control.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam and the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai have sympathised with the victims and the people of the state and urged residents to stay calm and be security conscious at all times.

“No amount of terrorist acts would deter our resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency in our fatherland,” Colonel Usman said.

The Eid ground hit by the blast is located at an area called phase-one along Maiduguri Road.

No group has claimed the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is believed to have plotted it.

Since a new government came to power in May, the terrorist group had intensified attacks on communities and places of worship, with more carried out by suicide bombers.

On Thursday, over 50 people were killed and many others injured when two bombs exploded in Gombe Central  Market.

The first bomb was said to have exploded by 5:20pm, as customers were busy making last minuets Ramadan purchases.

Traders Close Shops in Kaduna Over Bomb Scare

Kaduna desertedThere was pandemonium in Kaduna metropolis on Monday following an alarm over a white bag abandoned near Kontagora road, which the traders suspected to be a bomb. 

The bomb scare on Monday afternoon forced traders to close their shops and started rushing home for safety.

Immediately the rumour filtered into the area, many people ran helter-skelter in order not to be caught in the web of any explosion.

However, a Police anti-bomb squad that arrived at the area promptly discovered that the bag contained some waste items and not bomb.

The alarm occurred barely one hour after news of a bomb explosion in Kano filtered into the city, a situation that promptly triggered fear of a coordinated attack by terrorists in the two cities.

A suicide bomb had gone off about 10AM on Monday, July 28 at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Filling Station at Hotoro area along Maiduguri Road, Kano.

The suicide bomber, suspected to be a female, had slipped into the crowd of citizens buying kerosene at the station before detonating the explosives. The suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead, eight persons are injured and rushed to the hospital.

3 Killed In Kano Suicide Attack

bomb-explosion1A suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead following a bomb explosion at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Filling Station, in Hotoro area, along Maiduguri Road, Kano.

The bomb went off about 10AM on Monday July 28.

The suicide bomber, suspected to be a female, had slipped into the crowd of citizens buying kerosene at the Station before detonating the explosives. The suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead, eight persons are injured and rushed to the hospital.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba; “It is instructive to note that the Mega Station did not go ablaze due to the security barricade put in place by the Policemen on duty at the station. Such a situation would have clearly complicated the Emergency response.

“Security Forces have cordoned off the scene, and Police Bomb Disposal Experts are ‘sweeping’ the area.”

Citizens have been advised to stay off the scene, be vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities to security forces.

He added that full scale investigation has commenced, as intensive patrol of the city was ongoing.