50 persons have been confirmed dead from the suicide bomb attack at a market in Sabon Gari in Damboa local government area in Borno state yesterday, while over 43 persons sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Biu, Borno state.
A vigilance member in Damboa said the bomb was concealed inside the market, adding that the perpetrators allowed commercial activities to peak before detonating the bomb.
Some residents of Maiduguri who hailed from the area said many families lost their loved ones in the blast.
“Almost all the families lost loved ones. The bomb attack was devastating. We learnt from our people that bodies littered the scene of the blast,” Dauda Yusuf, a Maiduguri resident said.
He said residents of Sabongari were so shocked that they couldn’t pick the bodies from the scene in time. He said more than 40 people have, however, been taken to the hospital.
The bomb attack came two days after suspected Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a commercial Golf car in a village near Sabongari, killing four passengers