A bomb blast rocked Adamawa, yesterday, killing nearly 50 people and wounding over a hundred others. Reports say the death toll keeps rising.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN is reporting that the death toll from the suicide bomb blast had reached 47!
Yesterday, Friday December 9, was another gloomy day for Adamawa state as two female suicide bombers detonated a bomb at a local market in Madagali, Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.
Madagali is a remote town, located some 276 kilometers from the Adamawa State capital, Yola.
During the period when the hydra of insurgency blossomed in the North-East, Madagali, which neighbors Borno state, was among the few towns being controlled by Boko Haram fighters.
Sadly, Friday’s blast is the third in recent times to happen at Madagali, after the insurgents were driven out by the Army. On December 28, 2015, two female suicide bombers had donated a bomb at a busy motor park, killing tens of innocent civilians.
Chairman of the Madagali Local Government, Yusuf Muhammad, described the attack as a huge setback to the relative peace being enjoyed by residents who had resumed normal commercial and social activities following successful military operations in the area.
Mr. Muhammad implored the federal government to deploy soldiers to surrounding areas where Boko Haram insurgents still hide and set up camp.
Yusuf Muhammed, had said that those who were critically injured in the blast were immediately rushed to the Mubi General Hospital and the Yola Specialists Hospital, while those who sustained minor injuries were promptly treated and discharged.
Spokesman for the 28th Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Badere Akintoye, said, the two female suicide bombers were teenagers who had sneaked into the busy market and blew themselves up in a crowded area.
“For now 30 are confirmed dead and another 67 injured have been evacuated to Michika hospital,” the army major was quoted as saying on Friday afternoon.
Local sources had earlier said two female suicide bombers detonated the bombs at the grains and second hand cloths section of the market, Friday noon, killing dozens of people.
News Agency of Nigeria, quoting the Madagali local government chairman, had reported that, 47 people had already lost their lives, while 57 people are critically injured. 120 people who were wounded in the explosion are said to be in stable condition.