Monday, 21 September 2015

Scores feared dead as bomb explodes in Maiduguri


Scores were feared killed yesterday after four bombs exploded within 25 minutes at Gommari area near the Maiduguri airport.
The first bomb went off around 7.35pm at Ajilari Cross in Gommari Ward and was said to have left scores dead and many injured.

A witness, Alhaji Bukar Modu said: “Less than 10 minutes later, at exactly 7.43pm, another bomb exploded not too far from the first place. That one did not do much damage because people were at the scene of the first one. The third one came a few minutes later in a nearby mosque when people were praying. I saw people scattered in the mosque. It was terrifying. I could not stay behind to see what happened. The highest deaths might be the one in the mosque. I was running back home when the forth one exploded. I do not have details about that one. But all the four blasts took place not too far apart”.
A commercial vehicle driver, who resides in Gommari area, Alhaji Tijjani Bana, said the fourth bomb exploded at the gate of a viewing center in the area killing at least five people including children selling satchet water.
Efforts to reach military and police authorities were futile but rescue efforts were on at press time.
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