How Elderly Woman And 10 Year Old Girl Killed Over 15 Muslims At Sallah Prayer Ground In Yobe…41 Others In Critical Conditions In Hospitals
Two female suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram agents struck at a praying ground (Eid) on Friday in Damaturu, Yobe Capital killing at least 15 persons, with 41 others still in critical conditions in various hospitals.
Sources said two female bombers, a woman and a ten year old girl detonated the blasts which also injured about 20 people at the Phase 1 site, formerly Yobe State Secretariat Complex Eid ground, some 300 metres from the Governor’s Office.
The first explosion, according a security source occurred at about 7.38am while the second one, from a 10 year old girl was heard at about 7.40am amid the arrival of the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Tukur Buratai who said he was in the state capital to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri with military troops.
The military in a prompt reaction put the casualty figure at nine, adding that the twin explosions by an elderly woman and a ten years old girl, occurred at a screening area for Eid prayer in the capital.
“Two female suicide bombers; one elderly woman and a ten year old girl detonated devices at screening areas for intending Muslim worshippers at Layin Gwange, Damaturu and at ‘Phase One,’ Damaturu. Four persons died in the first explosion and 7 people injured. While 5 people lost their lives in the second explosion and 11 wounded,” Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement to journalists.
Usman said the situation has been put under control as both the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and the visiting new Chief of Army Staff, Major Gen Tukur Buratai while sympathising with families of the affected victims and urged the people to stay calm and be security conscious.
“No amount of terrorist act would deter our resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency,” the army spokesman vowed. Both the Yobe governor and army chief observed their eid at the Yobe Central Mosque, Damaturu.
Medical Director of the Damaturu Specialist’s Hospital, Dr Adamu Fika however told journalists that 15 dead bodies were brought to the hospital from the blast scene. He said 41 others who sustained various degrees of injury, were being treated in the hospital, adding that some with critical injuries may be sent to referral hospitals within or outside the state for further treatment