Eid- el-Fitr: Boko Haram kills 50 at Yobe prayer grounds

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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 ‘Phase 1’,

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, “There is apprehension in Damaturu as I’m talking

to you; we are celebrating Sallah in fear with this morning

explosions.”

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 “ten corpses

from Phase I area.”

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, “Four persons died in the first explosion and seven

people (were) injured, while five people lost their lives in the

second explosion and 11 wounded.”

Following the attack, the streets of Damaturu were

deserted.

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 “stay calm and be

security conscious."

He said, “No amount of terrorist act would deter our resolve

to stamp out terrorism and insurgency.”

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

travellers continually.

He added that commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu

highway had become deadly.

He said, “Our 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

insurgents.”

Meanwhile, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle

Amosun, has described Boko Haram as a shame to the

nation.

He said this at the Muslims praying ground in Abeokuta,

shortly after the Eid-el-Fitr prayer.


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