Nigeria Police confirm scores dead in Maiduguri bomb blast

FILE PHOTO: Scene of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

More than 35 persons died following a twin car bomb explosions  on Saturday in Maiduguri, near  Ngomari-Bulumkutu, the state police command has said.

As at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Commissioner of Police in Borno, Lawal Tanko, as saying that 35 bodies had been evacuated so far but that more were still being moved.

“We are still counting, so far we have counted 35 bodies. Our men are still working with rescue workers at the scene,” Mr.  Tanko said.

Witnesses told newsmen that the bombs were neatly packaged inside a firewood truck, believed to have been brought into Maiduguri from the Sambisa Forest in Dam Boa Local Government Area.

The witness, Mohammed Buba, said the blasts occurred around 6 p.m. when most residents were preparing for the evening prayer.

“Nobody can say exactly how it happened, the first blast occurred just about 15 minutes before the second one.

“Only few people were injured by the first blast, but while people were trying to rescue the victims of the first blast, the second one occurred  killing many people,’’ Mr. Mohammed said.

Yahaya Adamu, a mechanic living in the area, had told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone shortly after the incident  that “There is heavy dust and smoke everywhere now, and I am running home now to see if my family are safe”.

The incident triggered panic in the city with  residents seen rushing to their respective homes for safety.

The Boko Haram sect has in the past months intensified attacks on the northeast states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, which are under emergency rule

It has been attacking security and military installations, including barracks and airbases at will. It has also been pummeling schools, towns and villages unchallenged and ransacking highways.

This week, it slaughtered more than 29 pupils at a government boarding school in Yobe.

As the litany of atrocities lengthened, President Goodluck Jonathan claimed the Nigerian government is winning the war against the insurgency.

 


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  • Dodon Doya

    Arise oh ‘yan Arewa. Arise before we are all decimated. This war is beyond BH. There is certainly more than meets the eye. The body language, inaction and intimidation of sitting governors who are supposedly the chief security officers of their respective states says a lot. Allah ya sa shugabanninmu su gane.

  • Excisionist

    WHERE ARE THE NORTHERN ELDERS ?

    Where are the Northern Elders, those professional
    whiners (cry cry babies) of Nigeria? Where are their stooges Anthony Sani and
    Jerry Useni? To them, the blood of Christians in the Middle Belt or security
    operatives is worth less than the blood of Boko Haram terrorists.

    When a BH terrorist is killed they troop to the
    presidential villa to whine like “Cry cry babies”. But when churches are bombed,
    villages are raized and innocent civilians are murdered in cold blood by Fulani
    bandits and BH, they publicly keep mute while privately, they celeberate. HYPOCRITES !!!

    The so called Northern Elders are irresponsible,
    wicked men without conscience. These sponsors of terrorism should be prosecuted
    rather than entertained at the presidency.

    The National conference should ensure that Nigeria
    is partitioned into two so that they will have their Islamic republic where
    they will remain and whine.

    HYPOCRITES ! Like pedophile “prophet”, like
    followers.

    Excisionist -2

  • Excisionist

    BLAME THE NSA, Colonel Dasuki (trd)

    It is wrong to blame GEJ for the insecurity in the country, especially in the North East Zone. The national security adviser (NSA) has been mandated by the president to do all that is necessary to stop the mayhem. But is he loyal to the president or to the Northern Islamic Oligarchs? I doubt that he is loyal to the president.

    The NSA is Army Colonel Dasuki (rtd) whom I suspect is working for APC and Northern Islamists in a coordinated assult to make the president seem weak. It’s all part of the program to bring the presidency back to the Islamic North. In doing this they are willing to sacrifice the blood of innocent civilians, including innocent school children while their own children are safe abroad.

    How long will ordinary northerners stand this evil

    It is time to change the totaliy inept and compromised NSA Col. Dasuki. For his replacement the president may consider Great Ogboru, Colonel Anthony Nyiam (rtd) or Prof. Saliba Mukoro.

  • alfa

    Give major hamza al-mustapha the national security adviser im sure he will do a better job

  • RICH

    Which section of this country has ruled Nigeria for over 40 years – The North
    Which section has altered the constitution many times to favour her people – The North
    Which section of this country kills others in millions since amalgamation – The North
    Which section unilaterally created States and LG to favour her people – The North
    Which section controls oil block and steals Nigeria oil in billions of dollars – The North
    Which section violates the constitution in terms of religion – The North
    Which section of this country reap where they did not sow – The North
    Which section of Nigeria assumed they were born to rule others – The North
    Which section of Nigeria created army of terror against other sections – The North
    Which section promised Nigerians hell on earth if another section wins election – The North
    Which section of this country introduced letter bomb for the first time – The North
    Which section of this country bombs churches and market places – The North
    Which section of Nigeria attempted to bomb US passenger plane – The North
    Which section banned Western education in Nigeria – The North
    Which section of Nigeria is begging for Islamist State – The North
    Which section killed environmental activists and soak their bodies with raw acid – The North.
    Which section of Nigeria rejects polio vaccination from WHO – The North
    Who are actually the members of Boko Haram – The North
    Who kills and roasts young children and their teachers inside schools – The North
    Who introduced Sharia penal code in Nigeria – The North
    Who introduced quota system to encourage mediocrity in Nigeria – The North
    Which section killed the members of NYSC and throw them into toilet pits – The North
    Which section beheaded Mr. Akaluka and danced with his head along the street – The North
    Which section is not prepared to negotiate Nigeria peaceful existence – The North.
    Which section of Nigeria is most underdeveloped – The North