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Pregnant woman; father and three children killed as death toll in Borno bomb blasts rises to 52

Bomb blast scene
Bomb blast scene
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State

The death toll in Maiduguri, Borno State’s multiple suicide bombings Monday hit 52 with 124 people injured and being treated at the State Specialist Hospital, Umaru Shehu Ultra-Modern Hospital and the University of
Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Maiduguri.

While conducting Borno State’s Governor, Kashim Shettima, round the Emergency ward of the State Specialist Hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Hospital Management Board, Dr. Salihu Kwaya-Bura, told the Governor that 33 corpses and 86 injured people were received at the Specialist Hospital, while Umaru Shehu General Hospital recorded 1 death and 21 injured.

He said that out of the 85 injured people brought to the State Specialist Hospital, nine were referred to UMTH, because of the critical nature of their injuries.

He said that 32 bodies were deposited in the hospital’s morgue while 85 injured people were admitted on Sunday with nine patients referred to UMTH for further treatment for burns and multiple fractures.

At the Umaru Shehu Hospital, Dr. Kwaya Bura also said that 39 injured persons were brought in on sunday, with one pregnant woman giving up the ghost in the early hours of Monday.
“We were able to discharge some of the injured persons, after being treated for minor burns and cuts. Right now as I speak to you, your Excellency, 15 people are already admitted for treatment for higher degree burns and gunshot wounds sustained in yesterday(Sunday) and today’s (Monday) multiple bomb blasts at Bakkassi, Sabon Gari and Jiddari-Polon Baderi wards of Maiduguri metropolis,” said Bura.

Narrating his ordeal following the blast at the mosque behind CBN quarters, Sadik Mohammed, a patient, said he is one of only two survivors of Monday’s mosque blast which took place at about 6am. “Three of my siblings and my father were killed and buried yesterday,” he lamented, saying that it was a female suicide bomber that attacked them with her strapped explosives, “while we were praying in the mosque located behind the CBN quarters, Maiduguri.”

Reacting to the blasts, Governor Shettima, after visiting the injured in the hospitals, also condemned the incessant Boko Haram attacks and killings in the state.

He said “We urge our people to be extra vigilant and to report all suspicious movements to the nearest military formation. Our head is bloody but remains unbowed. We believe that the worst is over and God willing, we shall strive to give hope to the hopeless; and joy to the down trodden.”

The attacks, he said, “ will not deter us; we will continue to preach peace, dialogue, tolerance and understanding and these lunatics, by the grace of God, their days are numbered. They can inflict pains on us certainly, but our spirit remains high,” Shettima stressed.

A member of the Civilian JTF from the area, Idris Garba told newsmen that over 40 people were killed with 18 dead in a single family and over 150 others injured.

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