About 30 persons were killed and 48 others injured in a massive bomb attack on Damboa, Borno State. The police in the state said on Sunday, June 17, that 21 people were killed.
But reports by residents claimed that about 30 persons were killed in the attacks suspected to have been carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect.
According to the police, the explosion occurred on Saturday night in the town, about a distance of 90 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State.
The police in a statement by Okon Edet, the public relations officer, Borno State Command, said: “On 16/06/18 at about 2045hrs, an explosion occurred at Abachari area, on the outskirts of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“At the sound of the explosion, personnel of the Nigeria Police and members of the civilian JTF mobilised to the scene discovered 20 dead bodies and 48 injured persons in a suspected terrorist attack.
“The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene of the crime was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit.”
Nevertheless, Edet said that an investigation was ongoing to unravel the nature of the attack, adding that Damian Chukwu, the commissioner of Police in Borno State, had urged members of the public to continue to be vigilant and watchful.
“He also urges them to always provide useful information to the security agencies for necessary actions,” he said.
In any case, reports from Damboa claimed that rocket-propelled grenades were fired by the members of the Boko Haram killed about 30 persons.
The terrorists reportedly unleashed suicide bombers and later hit the area with rocket-propelled grenades.
A source said the suicide attacks were first unleashed on the community to draw people out while the rocket-propelled grenades were shot at the gathering of sympathisers.
He claimed: “Following the suicide bombings, the jihadists fired rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, thus increasing the number of casualties.
“There were two suicide attacks and rocket-propelled grenade explosions in Damboa last night which killed 31 persons and left several others injured.”
He explained that the initial attacks were by two suicide bombers who detonated their explosives in Shuwari and nearby Abachari neighbourhoods in the town around 10.45pm on Saturday, killing six residents.
A local government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the death toll.
He said: “The latest death toll is now 31 but it may increase because many among the injured may not survive.
“Most of the casualties were from the rocket fired at the gathering of sympathisers.”