Explosion at screening area for Eid prayer in Damaturu
This is to confirm that there were two suicide bomb explosions today at about 7.40am in Damaturu, Yobe State. Two female suicide bombers; an elderly woman and a ten year old girl detonated devices at screening areas mounted by the security for intending Muslim worshippers at Layin Gwange, Damaturu and at “Phase One”, in front of former State Secretariat Complex, Damaturu.
Four persons died in the first explosion and seven people were injured. While in the second explosion, five people lost their lives and eleven people were wounded.
Troops and security agencies responded immediately to the incidents.
The situation is currently under control. The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam and the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai have sympathised with the victims and the people of the state and urged residents to stay calm and be security conscious at all times.
No amount of terrorist acts would deter our resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency in our fatherland.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations.