Eid- el-Fitr: Boko Haram kills 50 at Yobe prayer grounds
MUSLIM FAITHFUL DURING THE EID EL-FITR PRAYER
AT THE ALIKAZAURE CENTRAL EID PRAYING GROUND
IN JOS... ON FRIDAY.
Fifty persons were killed in two bomb explosions in
Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Friday.
A military source told one of our correspondents that 43
persons died in the first explosion which occurred at
7.40am and seven others in the second explosion,
suspected to have been caused by Boko Haram insurgents.
Several other people were also said to have sustained
various degrees of injuries from the explosions.
The source said the attacks were carried out by two female
suicide bombers- an elderly woman and a ten-year-old girl-
who were said to have detonated the explosive devices.
Also, residents confirmed that at least 50 persons were
killed in the basis.
The residents said the twin blasts occurred close to prayer
grounds and at a time when Muslim faithful were gathering
for the congregational prayer to mark the end of the holy
month of Ramadan.
The incidents occurred at Layin Gwange and â€˜Phase 1â€™,
opposite the former state secretariat in Damaturu.
A resident, Musa Yusuf, who spoke to one of our
correspondents on the telephone, said the explosions had
heightened the level of apprehension in the city.
He said, â€œThere is apprehension in Damaturu as Iâ€™m talking
to you; we are celebrating Sallah in fear with this morning
It will be recalled that a ban on vehicular movements was
announced in the state before the end of the Ramadan to
forestall any breach in security.
An aid worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
said as of that time, his team had evacuated â€œten corpses
from Phase I area.â€
He said the bomb was targeted at the praying ground in the
area and that several persons who were injured had been
taken to a general hospital.
The aid worker also said that some aid workers had been
dispatched to assess the situation at the scene of the
second explosion, which he said occurred on the outskirts
of the town.
However, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel
Sani Kukasheka Usman, in an official statement, said nine
persons were killed in the attacks.
He said, â€œFour persons died in the first explosion and seven
people (were) injured, while five people lost their lives in the
second explosion and 11 wounded.â€
Following the attack, the streets of Damaturu were
But the blasts did not affect Eid-el-Fitr prayers as hundreds
of Muslim worshippers attended prayer grounds to thank
Allah for the success of the Ramadan fast.
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. T. Y. Buratai, joined
Governor Ibrahim Geidam Yobe State, some government
officials and military personnel to pray at the state mosque
and Islamic centre.
Buratai sympathised with the victims of the attacks and the
people of the state, urging them to â€œstay calm and be
He said, â€œNo amount of terrorist act would deter our resolve
to stamp out terrorism and insurgency.â€
In a related development, the Catholic Church in Borno State
has said that Boko Haram has in the last one year bombed
all the major bridges on four of the five highways linking
Maiduguri with the rest of the country.
Lamenting that residents of the city were going through
untold hardship and pain, the Social Communications
Director of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Borno State,
Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, claimed that the insurgent group
had also planted landmines on roads, killing several
He added that commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu
highway had become deadly.
He said, â€œOur people are still being massacred daily.
Travelling from one part of the diocese to another has
become dangerous. Commuting along the Maiduguri-
Damaturu highway was halted again for the fourth time in a
week, as security operatives battle to prevent travellers
from driving into an ambush by the bloodthirsty
Meanwhile, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle
Amosun, has described Boko Haram as a shame to the
He said this at the Muslims praying ground in Abeokuta,
shortly after the Eid-el-Fitr prayer.
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