Two suicide bombers kill 13, injures 35 in Yobe
Two suicide bombers on Wednesday launched a coordinated suicide attack on two mosques in different locations in Potiskum town, the largest commercial city in Yobe state.
The attack was targeted at worshippers during the evening prayer around 7:30 local time.
The attacked mosques include; the Alkali Kalli mosque just a few meters away from the Emir of Fika Palace and the Sakafa mosque located at the busy Potiskum central market.
Despite security warnings that people should stay away from blast scenes, residents were however seen milling around the two mosques in the early hours of Wednesday to witness the level of destruction when our correspondent visited.
The Potiskum General hospital was taken over by sympathizers and family members who either came to identify the dead or the injured.
Hospital authority and security declined official comment but an anonymous hospital source informed that 13 bodies were brought from the separate attacks while 35 others affected by the blasts are currently receiving treatment.
An official with Isma medical initiatives who was involved in the rescue operation also confirmed the death of 13 people and 35 injured on admission at General Hospital Potiskum.
“We were involved in the rescue operation from the beginning up to this time and I can confirm to you that 13 people were killed in the separate blasts while 35 others sustained various degrees of injuries. Many of those on admission will be referred to Either Nguru or neighbouring Azare for treatment”
The Chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs who is also the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Mohammadu Ibn Mohammadu Idris who visited the scene of the two blast condemned the attacks describing it as “callous and inhuman”. He called on the people to be “vigilant at all times in the fight against terrorism”.
The royal father promised to pay the medical bills of those on admission at the Potiskum hospital.
He also wished them speedy recovery and prayed God for the repose souls of those that died while calling on their families to be courageous to the loss.
In his message to the people from lesser hajj, Gov. Gaidam through his Special Adviser on Information and Press Affairs said he was deeply shocked by the attacks in Potiskum and Katarko.
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