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50 and still counting — death toll in Adamawa bomb blast rises



File: Scene of a bomb blast at Jambutu Jumaat Mosque, Adamawa State, in Oct 2015

The death toll in the suicide bomb attack that occurred at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, on Tuesday has risen to 50.

This is according to fresh figures released by Othman Abubakar, Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State Police Command.

Abubakar told newsmen that a teenage boy was responsible for the blast and that the actual number of injured persons was yet to be ascertained.

“We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured,” Abubakar said.

As of the time of occurrence of the blast, the number of dead persons was said to be more than 20

“As people converged on Massalacin Madina at Anguwan Shuwa to observe Subh (morning prayer), an unknown man rammed himself into the mosque with IEDs, killing many people,” said one of the witnesses who simply identified himself as Bello.

“As I am talking to you, I saw over 20 dead with many injured.”

There have been about three attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in Adamawa in less than one month.

At least two persons, a woman and her daughter, were killed when two male suicide bombers attacked Madagali, another town in Adamawa State, on November 6.

The attackers had knocked on the door of the woman, pretending to be begging for alms, before detonating their explosive devices.

The next day, Boko Haram fighters attacked the town in an attempt to take it over, but they were repelled by a combined team of soldiers, members of the civilian vigilante group and local hunters.

The battle lasted for the better part of the night, precisely between 7:35 pm to about 4am the next day.

A resident of the area who identified himself as David told reporters that a woman was hit by stray bullet during the encounter between the insurgents and soldiers.

“I can’t give details of casualty but I know one woman was killed by stray bullet,” David said.

“We slept on mountains and other hideouts; but as I am talking to you this morning,fleeing residents have begun to return to our houses.”

Adamawa was about the first state to be liberated from Boko Haram following the aggressive counter-attack mounted against the militants shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power in 2015.

The state has remained relatively peaceful until recently.