Rann Bombing: At Least 50 Victims Undergo Operation

Rann Bombing, Victims, Air ForceAt least 50 out of the 89 injured persons evacuated from Rann in Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno State have been operated upon.

The disclosure was made on Thursday by Dr. Laraba Bello who is the Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri where 68 patients were admitted.

Other injured persons were split between Umaru Shehu Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, all in Borno State.

Responding to questions from the Air Force Investigative Board, led by Air Vice Marshal Sallau Bala-Ribah, Dr. Bello said that one of those brought to the hospital had died on admission.

He added that some of the children evacuated to Maiduguri for treatment were unaccompanied.

“They brought the patients in batches; we received a total of 68 patients and we lost one.

“Right now we have discharged some and we have 58 patients remaining and all of them are responding to treatment; they are doing well.

“Close to 50 have entered the theatre for one procedure or the other,” the Medical Director said.

The Air Force team has been to the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters, the scene of the misfire in Rann, and the 105 composite group offices in Maiduguri.

The board is gathering information on the circumstances surrounding the accident, as well as the extent of damage.

Local officials had claimed that about 236 persons were killed in the incidence while the Army said two of its personnel were affected.

The International Committee of the Red Cross also lost six of its members to the bombing.

Boko Haram Sect Attacks Ngambu Town Of Borno

Boko_Haram_Gombe_AttackThe Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Ngamdu in Borno State early on Tuesday, killing about a dozen people.

Ngamdu town which has been hit several times by the Boko Haram sect, lies on the border of Borno and Yobe States north-east Nigeria.

The town is about 100 km (60 miles) east of Borno State capital, Maiduguri and about 40 km west from Yobe State capital Damaturu, and lies near a road that is a major transport artery between the two States.

The casualties and wounded were mainly bus and truck drivers. Around six drivers died, a security source said.

A commercial driver, Mamman Abdullahi, said the insurgents came to Ngamdu at about 9:30 A.M. but were pursued by soldiers.

“They came back later on horse, shooting at people. Many were killed and some of our drivers were injured,” he said.

“Three drivers and some passengers were hit by bullets and being treated in a Maiduguri hospital.”

According to Reuters, five people were being treated for serious injuries after the attack at Maiduguri’s Umaru Shehu Hospital but more were being treated for wounds in other locations.

Vehicles on the road to Yobe were told to turn back due to the raid.

This is the second time in a week that the group have hit towns along the road.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a checkpoint at Beneshiek on Saturday.

The country had recaptured several key towns in the last few weeks and Boko Haram has been largely pushed out of Adamawa and Yobe states with help from Chad and Niger.

On Monday, Chadian and Nigerian troops freed the towns of Malam Fatouri and Damasak from militant control.