#PrayForBorno 31 Residents Killed In Ghastly Explosion in Borno, Nigeria

At least 31 persons were killed and about 48 others injured after suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Saturday attacked Abachari village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, residents and witnesses have said.

The suicide bombers, said to be six by the army, reportedly targeted people returning home after a Sallah fair in Damboa.

The police put the casualty at 20 persons, saying 48 others were injured.

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) spoke on the rescue efforts following the attack.

Yabawa Kolo, the chairperson of SEMA, said the agency had deployed its personnel to evacuate wounded persons to the hospital for quick medical attention.
“Our team has been deployed to render life saving support to the victims of the blast. As you can see,  they have been tirelessly working with ICRC since morning to evacuate the injured from the airport to the hospital.
“We are all saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred in Damboa,” she said.
The Borno State commissioner of police, Damian Chukwu, told journalists in Maiduguri that the explosion occurred at Abachari town, in Damboa Local Government Area, on Saturday evening.

“At about quarter to nine, yesterday (Saturday) night, a loud explosion was heard at Abachari village, along Damboa/Chibok road,” he said. “The DPO mobilized our men from the SARS and the Civilian-JTF to the scene and found 20 people dead and 48 others injured.

“Some of the bodies were found shattered, indicating that the explosion came from an explosive device,” Mr. Chukwu said.

The police have not been able to provide details on how the attack was carried out.

A medical personnel from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES on phone that some of the victims were brought to the hospital.

“Other victims with less critical cases, we learned, have been taken to the Biu General hospital while some were admitted at the Damboa general hospital,” said the source who refused to be named because he is not permitted to speak with the press.

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