Monday, 27 July 2015

10-year-old female suicide bomber kills 19 inDamaturu

A 10-year-old female suicide bomber has killed 19
persons in a market in Damaturu, the Yobe State
capital, on Sunday.
The state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, decried
the attack in a statement on Sunday.

A statement by the Yobe State’s Director of
Press, Abdullahi Bego, quoted the governor as
condemning the attack.
The statement said, “The governor has been
briefed about the horrific bomb attack in a market
in Damaturu today, in which 19 people were killed
and many others injured.
“This is another sad day in our state in which
innocent people were the targets of blood-thirsty
terrorists.
“Governor Geidam’s thoughts and prayers are
with the families of the victims and those who
sustained injuries. The governor has condemned
the attack as callous, barbaric and unjustifiable.
“The governor has called on security agencies in
the state to step up their surveillance even as he
enjoined the people to remain vigilant about
happenings in their areas, and report any
suspicious persons or movements to the police.”
But the police gave the casualty figure at 15
deaths and 47 injured.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state,
Toyin Gbadegesin, who told journalists that the
attack was carried out by a female suicide
bomber, said 15 persons were killed in the attack.
He said the minor detonated an Improvised
Explosive Device at the main entrance of the
market at about 9.30am on Sunday.
Gbadegesin said that 15 persons were killed while
47 others have been receiving treatment at the
Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu.
The PPRO also revealed that five units of
undetonated IEDs were recovered from the scene
of the blast.
The latest blast came six days after suicide
bombers in a sport utility vehicle detonated
bombs at a police checkpoint at the entrance of
Damaturu.

Source: Punch

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