50 Killed In Bomb Attacks In Maiduguri

By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri

At least 50 people were killed and 100 others injured on Saturday following multiple attacks in different locations in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The bomb attacks occurred in Baga Market, Monday Market and the Borno Express Bus Terminal.

The three locations were apparently carefully selected because of the high human traffic they usually witness.

It could not be immediately determined if the bombs were planted at the sites or detonated by suicide bombers but the casualty figures at the

Baga Market were highest as 36 people were said to have been killed and about 70 injured.

It was gathered that 12 persons were killed at the Monday Market while over 20 were injured. At the Borno Express bus terminus two persons were killed and ten persons were injured.

The spokesman of the youth vigilante group in Borno State, Jubrin Gunda, believed that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.

Although he could not say if they were female or male, he said he believed that the bombs were detonated by suicide bombers.

“I cannot give you the details of dead persons now, but it was an unfortunate incident, the casualty figure is huge at all the spots,” he told journalists on the phone shortly after the blasts at about noon.

Reacting to the attacks, the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, has assured the people that the government will to put in place security measures that would put a stop to such attacks in the state.



    The governor, who had to cut short a campaign trip to Marama, Hawul local government area in Southern Borno, condemned the attacks and condoled with the families of the dead.

    Shettima, according to a statement released by his media aide, Isa Gusau, immediately directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state to visit all affected areas and ensure speedy evacuation of victims to hospitals.

    The governor is said to be worried by the attacks against the background of recent successes recorded in the fight against insurgents in the North east.

    Gusau said the governor will be meeting with stakeholders in markets, motor parks and other public places to strategise on measures to be taken to secure public places.



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