50 Confirmed Killed In Damaturu Eid Prayer Ground Explosion – Army

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a screening area for Eid prayers in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital early Friday morning, killing no fewer than 50 people, the army has confirmed.
According to the Army, the explosion occurred at 7.40am, just as Eid prayers got underway to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
The Director, Army-Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said the two women, an elderly woman and a 10-year-old girl, detonated devices at screening areas for intending Muslim worshippers at Layin Gwange, Damaturu and at ‘Phase One’, (in front of former state secretariat), Damaturu.
At least “43 people died in the first explosion and several people were injured”, said Usman.
Seven more were killed in the second explosion.
“The situation is under control. Both Yobe State Governor and the Chief of Army Staff, sympathise with and urged the people to stay calm and be security conscious”, Usman added.
The Army spokesman stressed that no amount of terrorist act would deter the military’s resolve to stamp out terrorism and insurgency.‎

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