Death toll in Borno twin explosion increases to 21

Health officials receiving victims of the explosion from State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials at State Special Hospital Maiduguri, Borno State.

The death toll from the twin explosion which occurred in Abachari village, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State has risen from 20 to 21.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this to Channels Television.

Coordinator of the Agency in the North East, Bashir Galga said on Monday that the victim died in the hospital. He added that other victims of the attack are still recuperating in the hospital.

The agency had earlier reported that 20 people were killed and 48 others were injured in the Saturday evening explosion.

The attack was on Sunday confirmed to Channels Television by Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, who noted that the injured persons were rushed to Damboa General hospital while some others were conveyed to the Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri.

The Commissioner of Police, however, said it is yet to be confirmed if the attack was as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a rocket-propelled grenade.

“At about quarter to nine, yesterday night, a loud explosion was heard at Abacahri village, along Damboa/Chibok road. The DPO mobilised with our men from the SARS and civilian JTF to the scene and found twenty people dead and 48 others injured.

“Some of the bodies were found chattered, indicating that the explosion came from an explosive device,” Chukwu said.

The number of victims was on the high side as most of them were returning from celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr holiday when the attackers struck.
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