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Wednesday, 22 July 2015
30 People Dead, 105 Injured in Fresh Gombe Park Multiple Blasts
The Red Cross Society of Nigeria Wednesday confirmed 35 persons dead
and 105 injured in the double bomb blasts which occurred in Gombe that
This is coming barely a week after the popular Gombe central market was
rocked by a twin bomb blast, killing over 50 people and injuring
The Secretary of the Society in Gombe, Abubakar Yakubu, spoke at the
Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) Gombe where some of the victims are
currently receiving treatment.
The Police Public Relations officer, DSP Fwaje Atajiri confirmed that
the first blast occurred at Dadin Kowa Motor Park at about 7:50p.m. and
another one followed about an hour later at Dukku Motor Park.
He said both areas were immediately cordoned off to prevent looting of
shops by hoodlums while restriction of movement equally imposed to
enable the police provide more security of lives and property.
An eyewitness at the Dadin-Kowa Motor Park told THISDAY that the blast
occurred in between the park and a nearby mosque while people were
coming out of the mosque after observing their prayer at about 7:30p.m.
The latest has brought the number of those who have lost their lives 80
and about 180 injured in Gombe in less than a week as a result of Boko
Meanwhile, based on the directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Major
General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, to troops in the 3 and 7 Divisions of the
Nigerian Army on the need to be more proactive in the fight against
terrorism and insurgency, in compliance with the directive, additional
roads have been cleared by troops for use by commuters.
A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relation, Colonel Sani
Kukasheka Usman, said the road linking Biu–Sabon Gari-Damboa in Borno
State is now cleared of mines and insurgents for public usage.
The statement added that the public is encouraged to use the road as
adequate security measures have been put in place for their safety.
Similarly, it said efforts are on for the clearance and reopening of other roads in Borno and Yobe States.