Michael Olugbode


Seven persons have been confirmed dead after a female suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) at the entrance of the Damaturu central motor park, which shares border with a popular market and accommodates various commercial activities.Bomb-blast-scene

A witness, Abubakar Idris told our correspondent on phone that the female suicide bomber came to the gate of the motor park around 11:45am on Saturday and detonated the IED close to the security check points injuring several people at the scene.

The incident made many to besiege the Damaturu Specialist Hospital where the dead and injured were taken to to find out the whereabouts of their loved ones who might have been affected by the blast.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Garba Musa Fika, who spoke to journalists at the hospital said 34 injured persons were brought to the hospital from the scene of the blast.

He confirmed that of the 34 brought to the hospital, seven have been confirmed dead while 27 are being treated.

He also said among the 27 being treated, seven are critically injured and may be referred to either the Federal Medical centre Nguru in the state or Azare in neighbouring Bauchi state.

The medical director while briefing the Governor who visited the hospital also assured to use the free drug procured by the state government to treat all those injured.

The state governor Ibrahim Gaidam who visited the hospital to sympathize with the victims of the blast condemns the act and stressed that his administration will foot the medical bills of all the victims.

The governor directed the hospital authority to speed up the treatments and to work out modalities for the referral cases for urgent medical attention.

He condole the families of those killed in the blast and called on resident to be more vigilant and to always assist security agents in the fight against terrorism.

The Governor who pledges the support of his administration to fight terrorism assures that terrorism will soon be a thing of history and calls for prayers of all.

The blast have paralyzed various activities at the very busy commercial centre behind the Damaturu motor park where the IED was detonated as both buyers and sellers abandon all their belongings at the time of our visit.

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