Two separate bomb blasts on Friday
at a market in the Madagali area of Adamawa State killed over 56 persons while
also leaving at least 177 others critically injured.
The Army Public Relations Officer
in charge of 28 Task Force Battalion, Mubi, Adamawa, Major Badare Akintoye,
confirmed the incident.
Chairman of Madagali Council, Yusuf
Mohammed, while also acknowledging the tragedy, said the blast occurred in the
early hours of Friday.
According to him, the attack also
destroyed food items worth several millions of naira aside from the lives lost.
Badare while explaining how the
incident happened, said, “The attack was carried out by two female school
children, they detonated two bombs at the same time killing the victims while
they also died in the process. We have reinforced security in the area to avoid
enemies coming in to cause further mayhem.”
Police Public Relations Officer in
Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar, said they were on top of the situation as their
men were deployed to secure the area.
The Director, Defence Information,
Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, told some journalists that the attack was caused by
desperation of the Boko Haram insurgents. He said the group had become weak and
had decided to use “sleeper cell” to carry out attacks on citizens.