5 May 2014

Nigeria: Scores Dead As Gunmen Attack Borno Market

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Unknown gunmen.

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram yesterday attacked a village market in Borno State, shooting sporadically on the marketers, the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) reported.

Residents told the agency that the culprits stormed the Kayamla market near Maiduguri, the state capital, in broad daylight and began indiscriminate shooting on everyone in the market.

An eyewitness who sought anonymity said that the sect members invaded the market on Sunday afternoon (yesterday) shooting people. He did not disclose the amount of damage done by the Boko Haram sect.

"The sect members entered the market and began to shoot anyhow; they even shot our driver whose fate is not known -- whether he will survive the gunshot -- but Allah alone knows the best on his condition," he said.

The state security operatives did not comment on the incident, damage done by the sect and number of casualties were not confirmed at the time of filing this report.

Police foil suicide bomb attack in Yobe

A police officer in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, intercepted a bomb-laden car and arrested its occupant just before the vehicle was detonated.

The director, defence information, Chris Olukolade, said the Yobe incident occurred early yesterday.

He said the target of the attack was the "A" Division of the Nigeria Police Command situated by the main roundabout in the heart of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.

The attempt was however foiled as the culprit was arrested by the police personnel on duty, Olukolade said.

Also confirming the incident, the state commissioner of police (CP), Mr Sanusi Rufai, said the incident occurref in the state capital and gave the name of the suspect as Abubakar Umar who is 19 years old.

The suicide bomber, according to him, is on a mission to blow off the A Division of the Nigeria Police as well as kill innocent people at the busy central roundabout in the heart of Damaturu metropolis.

"After searching the Chevrolet pickup van brought by the bomber, 5 constructed cylinders with explosive devices, 20 litres of diesel and 10 litres of premium motor spirit were found in the van.

"Other items found in his possession were five 9.5 battery charger, 1 fire extinguisher containing explosives and a world clock," Rufai said.

The suspect, according to him, is still undergoing interrogation. He called on the public to continue to partner with security agents in efforts to fight terrorism in the state and the country as a whole.

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