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Over 30 Persons Feared Dead in Fresh Yola Bomb Blast

Valentine Chinyem

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No fewer than 31 persons lost their lives in a deadly bomb blast at Tipper Garage in Jambutu, along Jimeta bypass in Yola.

The blast which occurred around 7:52 pm yesterday, was heard across the state capital, causing panic and fear in the the town.

The Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State police command, DSP Othman Abubakar, said, so far, 31 persons has been confirmed dead.

He added that a team of bomb experts has already been dispatched and had cordoned off the area in order to restore calm and sanity.

“We have sent our anti-bomb squad and have swung into action by cordoning off the area. We have also asked the people to leave the area to restore sanity.

The victims of the bomb explosion have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, and the Yola Specialist Hospital,” he said.

However, while responding to questions, the Adamawa State commissioner of information, Comrade Ahmed Sajoh, noted that 28 persons have been confirmed dead at the specialist hospital while three persons confirmed dead in Yola Specialist Hospital, with 80 having various degrees of injuries.

More so, Sajoh noted that the state government had already sent drugs and other essentials to the two hospitals in order to fast-track the treatment of the injured victims, adding that the state would bear the cost of the treatment administered on the victims.

In a similar vain, Adamawa State camps coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bello Saad, noted that efforts has been intensified towards giving injured victims the required medical attention.

“As I am talking to you, I am carrying a consignment of drugs to the hospitals so that injured victims could be attended to,” he said.

Saad commended the management of the FMC and specialist hospitals in Yola for their quick response to the emergency.

The latest bomb attack is the second in recent times in Yola, with the first on Jambutu Juma’at mosque which claimed no fewer than 34 lives.