Friday, 17 July 2015

Update: Damaturu Sallah Day Tragedy - Army Confirms 50 Killed By Female Suicide Bombers


 About 50 people have been confirmed dead in the twin explosions that rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Friday morning, the Nigerian Army has announced.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Acting-Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed that the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer ground.

Usman said many other persons were injured in the explosions suspected to have been masterminded by some insurgents.

“This is to confirm that there were two suicide bomb explosions today at about 7:40 a.m. in Damaturu, Yobe, in which two female suicide bombers — one elderly woman and a ten year-old girl –detonated the devices.

“It occurred at screening areas for intending Muslim worshippers at Layin Gwange, Damaturu and at Phase1, in front of former state secretariat, Damaturu,’’ he said.

According to him, 43 persons died in the first explosion while seven people died in the second explosion.

He however assured that the relevant authorities had brought the situation under control, adding that no amount of terrorist act would deter the Nigerian Army’s resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency.

He said both Gov. Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe and the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had called on the residents of the area to stay calm and be security conscious.
 
Source:
Daily Post Newspaper

Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/breaking-news-sallah-day-multiple-explosion-rocks-damaturu/#sthash.G7slgFxj.dpuf
Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/breaking-news-sallah-day-multiple-explosion-rocks-damaturu/#sthash.G7slgFxj.dpuf
Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/breaking-news-sallah-day-multiple-explosion-rocks-damaturu/#sthash.G7slgFxj.dpuf
Multiple explosions rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital at Phase I, near Eid Praying ground, Friday morning.
The explosions are coming on a day when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai declared that he will spend his Sallah celebrations in Damaturu.
Vanguard correspondent observed that praying grounds in the town are now deserted.
Meanwhile,security operatives and men of the anti-bomb squard have condoned off praying grounds to prevent further attacks.
Vanguard is yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/07/breaking-news-sallah-day-multiple-explosion-rocks-damaturu/#sthash.G7slgFxj.dpuf