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Multiple Bomb Explosions Kill 16, Injure Many In Damaturu

Troops Repel Terrorists Against Attack, Arrest 3 Financier Collaborators

By Musatapha Abdul Salaam

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 16 people were killed and several injured Wednesday morning in a multiple bomb explosions which hit Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, North East Nigeria.

Reports by the NAN confirmed that the explosions took place around the State’s Ministry of Housing quarters and Buhari Housing Estate in the Yobe State capital.

In the same vein, the fresh blast which was suspected to be carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents has also been confirmed by the State’s Executive Secretary of the Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Musa Idi.

Meanwhile, latest update by NAN had it that normalcy had returned to Damaturu as schools have opened, while workers, traders and other residents have since resumed to their normal businesses.

Troops Repel Terrorists Against Attack

In the meantime, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said Wednesday morning that the Boko Haram terrorists made a futile attempt on 120 Task Force Battalion troops located at Goniri, Yobe State, as the troops repelled and killed not less than 100 of them. The Military also confirmed that seven soldiers were killed while one was wounded in the bloody escalation.

In the end of the crossfire, DHQ indicated that troops recovered size-able arms, ammunition and other equipment from the terrorists. The seized items included: 1 General Purpose Machine Gun; 2 Rocket Propelled Grenades; 9 AK-47 rifles and Belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) ammunition; various wires used for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); 7 Primed IEDs, different types of Spanners and a Torch Light.

DHQ also disclosed Wednesday that, troops of 21 Brigade on patrol from Bama to Ngurosoye, Borno State, destroyed the terrorists’ camps on the axis, as well as came across some of their hideouts which served as fabricating factories for IEDs and training areas. Another patrol along Bama-Kawuri axis, it stated discovered and exhumed IEDs and wires for detonation.

In the same vein, Defence also affirmed today that the arrest Tuesday of the insurgents’ fund raiser and stimulant supplier, Mohammed Maina by troops of 21 Brigade has started yielding positive results, as three collaborators; namely, Jikana Alhaji Goni, aged 29 years of Hausari Ward Maiduguri; Alhaji Musa Alhaji Modu, also of Hausari Ward Maiduguri, 37 years and Alhaji Aba’ana Na Alhaji Sule aged 40, of Hausari Ward Maiduguri have been arrested and were currently being interrogated.


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