15 killed in Borno town’s suicide attack

-No fewer than 15 people were yesterday killed in a suicide attack at the Central Market in Biu town, Biu Local Government area of Borno State.

 Biu has been one of the safest local government areas in the state before yesterday’s strike suspected to be by Boko Haram.

Last month, when the insurgents attempted to attack the town, they suffered huge losses as troops swooped on them.

Yesterday’s bombing took place as Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was on his way to the town on campaign.

The former governor was already in neighbouring town Hawul.

An eye witness to the bombing one Isa Mohammed said he went to the market to buy things when the bomber detonated the explosive which instantly killed about seven people.

”I was at the gate of the market when the incident occurred. I saw seven bodies been taken out of the hospital. Many other people were injured.

A Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member who took part in the rescue operation said 15 bodies were taken to the Biu General Hospital. He said that many people were donating blood to assist the victims’ treatment at the hospital.

Another Civilian JTC said the explosives were concealed in a truck conveying tomatoes to the market.

“The driver of the pick-up came through the Coca-Cola gate of the market and they asked him where he was coming from and he mentioned the name of one village. He was allowed into the market and immediately he passed the gate, the bomb went off.

“Many of the people that died are these truck pushers, people selling petty things like carrot and fruits. A man who has a big pharmacy near the market also died in the explosion,” he said.

“We are at the Biu General Hospital helping the people that are injured and brought to the hospital. I just met with one of the doctors helping in the rescue and he has confirmed to me seven people were brought in dead and eight injured people later died making 15 dead. About 21 people are critically injured,” the source said.

A witness said the explosion occurred at about 3:25pm.

”There is confusion in town now because youths are removing PDP flags and are saying that it was because Modu Sheriff was visiting the town on campaign that they suffered the bomb attack.” the CJTF operative who doesn’t want to be named said on the telephone.

Biu town is 185km away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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