How 4 suicide bombers killed several in Borno – DG SEMA

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Many people including a soldier and some wedding guests have been killed, and several others injured on Saturday, when four suicide bombers launched attacks at different spots in Gwoza and Pulka towns, all in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

Gwoza is located 128 kilometres, in the southern part of Maiduguri, the state capital.

In Gwoza, it was learnt that the first suicide incident was at a wedding reception in the Mararaba area of the town.

Confirming the incident, the Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Barkindo M. Saidu, said 18 persons died, and 19 others were seriously injured in the incidents.

“So far, we have 18 deaths, comprising children, adult male, females, and pregnant women, while the 19 persons that are seriously injured were conveyed to Maiduguri in four ambulances,” he said.

“Also, 23 are waiting for military escort in the Medical Regimental Services (MRS) Clinic. I am now coordinating for chopper this night. I have mobilised emergency drugs to complement the shortage of drugs in Gwoza,” he said.

The DG, who said he was on the spot in Gwoza, said the degree of injuries ranges from abdominal raptures, skull and limb fractures.

He said that the first suicide bomber detonated her explosive around 3:00pm, which affected over 30 wedding celebrants.

“Some minutes later, another blast occurred around General Hospital at the funeral services when another lady rushed onto the congregation and detonated another bomb with a lot of casualties.

“We were in the hospital coordinating the rescue mission, and another one exploded from a female teenager,” he said.

He also confirmed receiving a report that there was a suspected suicide bombing in Pulka town, also in Gwoza LGA, but did not give further details.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the casualty figure might be higher, as families and acquaintances were still looking for their loved ones in the aftermath of the attacks.

A resident said: “It was a black day in Gwoza…The first woman came to a wedding reception while pretending to be looking for food. She ensured that she was in midst of the wedding reception before she detonated the explosive devices wrapped around her wrist.”

While some sources said the woman had a baby tied to her back, others said it was the bomb she concealed that was mistaken as a child.

According to the groom’s friend, eight people died instantly and many others were rushed to the hospital alongside a soldier and two civilians.

“The second incident was while people in the grieving community were trying to bury the dead,” another source said.

“The suicide bomber, who disguised as a mourner, detonated the improvised explosive device, which killed some people.

“According to the update received, over 10 persons were killed with several others injured”, the source said.

The source added that the third suicide attack happened in the Hausari area of Gwoza, claiming the lives of an unspecified number of people.

A security source confirmed the incident, saying up to 20 people lost their lives and dozens of others wounded.

Gwoza, located in the fringes of the Sambisa Forest and the Mandara Mountains, which serve as sanctuaries for Boko Haram fighters, had suffered devastating attacks in the nearly fifteen years of the insurgency.

Hundreds of people have been killed, many injured and houses, markets, hospitals, police stations and other symbols of authority destroyed.

 

Daily Trust

 

SITREP of series of Bomb blast that occured in Gwoza today 29th June 2024.

* In my presence, at about exactly 3pm, the 1st bomb blast in Gwoza occurred, It was detonated by a female suicide bomber in the midst of a marriage ceremony celebration. It affected more than 30 persons with various levels of injuries and instant death.
* Some minutes later, another blast occurred around Gen Hospital Gwoza town.
* Again, at the funeral services (janaiza), another lady rushed onto the congregation and detonated another bomb with a lot of casualties.
* We were in the hospital coordinating the rescue mission, and another Bomb exploded from a female teenager.
* So far, 18 deaths comprise children, adult male, females, and pregnant women.
* 19 seriously injured were conveyed to Maiduguri in 4 ambulances, 23 are waiting for military escort in the Medical Regimental Services (MRS) Clinic.
* I am now coordinating for chopper this night. I have mobilized emergency drugs to complement the shortage of drugs in Gwoza.
* I am in Gwoza myself.
* The degree of injuries ranges from abdominal raptures, scull fractures, and limb fractures.
* Also, I received a report that there is a suspected suicide bomber in Pulka.

DR BARKINDO M SAIDU
DG BORNO SEMA

 

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