A yet-to-be ascertained number of people were on Wednesday morning killed when a bomb went off at a housing estate in Damaturu, Yobe State.
State television, the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, reported “multiple bomb explosion in Damaturu at an Estate within the Yobe State Capital”.
Unconfirmed reports say at least 10 people were killed in the latest wave of bomb attack.
More details later.
The Yobe Police Command spokesperson, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin has confirmed that 18 people lost their lives in the early morning attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Damaturu.
“Eleven people died at the Fulani shed, outskirt of Damaturu, four people were killed at the shopping complex and two at the community mosque all in Buhari estate”, he said.
ASP Gbadegesin said the injured were conveyed to the Damaturu Specialist Hospital for treatment.
Daily Trusts reports that the first blast occurred around 5:15am when a university undergraduate, Hassan Mohammed Damagum, intercepted a suicide bomber that targeted worshippers in a community mosque at Buhari estate.
According to a witness, Mustafa Bukar, Damagum struggled with the bomber that kept shooting in the air. “He hugged the boy and blew up himself and others around”, he said.
This was followed by another attack around 6:15am when the suicide bomber also shot sporadically and targeted Fulani herdsmen, who were assembled at their home before detonating other explosives, killing 11 people and injuring others.
Also, four people were killed at a shopping complex at the Buhari Estate around 6:20am, the newspaper reported.