21 July 2015

Nigeria: Eight Killed in Police Checkpoint Bomb Blast in Damaturu

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Maiduguri — The Yobe State Police Command monday said eight persons were killed in an explosion at a police checkpoint in Damaturu, the state capital.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Boko Haram, Mr. Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the attack to journalists, he said: "Eight persons were killed today in the Damaturu during a bomb incident carried out by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

He said three policemen and five suspected members of the insurgent died during the explosion which occurred around 11a.m. monday.

He stated that two more security personnel are currently at the Damaturu Specialist Hospital receiving treatment.

Gbadegesin said two cars suspected to be carrying explosive devices were apprehended and in the process of looking for enforcement to convey the suspects to the state police command, the suspected terrorists triggered the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) which killed five people on the spot while three more died later in the hospital.

The PPPRO said men of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the state police command were deployed to diffuse more IEDs discovered at the scene.

He called on the people of the state to be watchful as the terrorists now seem to be on rampage over the past few days.

Gbadegesin also called on the people of the state to always obey security rules, insisting that the Eid-el-Fitr bombings in Damaturu three days ago would have been averted if the people of the state had respected the restriction of vehicular movement in the troubled state capital.

Monday's suicide bomb attack is coming three days after twin bomb blast killed 15 people in the same town during Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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