7 Dead, 13 Injured At The Bomb Explosion That Rocked Adamawa IDP Camp

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Tom Garba


A  bomb suspected to be detonated by two female suicide bombers at Malkohi IDP camp , which resulted to the killing of seven person including the two female sucide 13 people including 4 NEMA officials were injured.

Adamawa state Commissioner Of Information, Ahmed Sajoh who confirmed the incident to Journalists in Yola shortly after visiting the victims of the blast at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola said the dead has risen to seven and 13 injured including 4 NEMA officials injured.

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Sajoh lamented that an unaccompanied toddler was among the dead victims just as he expressed sadness that even those on humanitarian service were not spared by the fury of the suicide bombers .

He further explained that one of the NEMA officials has already been treated and discharged while 2 others sustained minor injuries as even the one who sustained the most critical injury is responding to treatment.

The Commissioner noted that governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to foot the bills of the medical expenses of the injured.

Sajoh added that the state government is working in conjunction with all security agencies to ensure a water tight security around all IDP facilities in the camp noting that the security officers are  currently re- screening all the IDPs at the Malkohi camp.

“We have discussed with security agencies on how to fortify all the camps in the state and a re- screening of the IDPs is currently on going,” he said.

He added that the government will ensure that the security operatives analyze the debris of the explosive device used as part of the process of arresting such ugly incident in the future.

Sajoh further noted that the explosion might have been a suicide bombing noting that the attack has amply portrayed that the fighting power and spirit of the insurgents have been seriously degraded.

He  also urged residents to be extra vigilant and report suspicious persons to security personnel.

Confirming the indictment, Adamawa State Commissioner of police Gabriel Adaji noted the police are  said to be  part of the the rescue mission.

Similarly the Adamawa State Camps Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mallam Sa’ad Bello said the explosion occurred around 10:50 am on Friday in one of the IDP tents adjacent to the food store of the camp.

Bello said he suspected that the explosion may be caused by a female suicide bomber adding that the bomber may be among the 298 IDPs brought to the camp from Madagali or the 17 IDPs brought from Sambisa forest on Thursday.

He added that all the injured victims have been taken to Federal Medical center for treatment.

Confirming the incident, the representative of Red Cross Society on IDPs , Aliyu Maikano  said the bomb was planted by unknown persons  in one of the tents where some of the IDPs were living  inside the Malkoihi camp . Maikano said the security are yet to uncover those behind the bomb blast.

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