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Published On: Tue, Jun 17th, 2014

10 feared killed as blasts rock Damaturu

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2nd Nyanya Bomb BlastFrom Uche Uche, Damaturu, & Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

 A television viewing centre in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, was hit by two explosive devices at about 8pm last night, while some residents were watching the World Cup match played between host country, Brazil, with Mexico.

Eyewitnesses said 10 people are feared killed and several others injured in the incident, which many residents suspected to be bomb blasts.

The eyewitnesses told our correspondent in the city that the injured ones were rushed to hospital by security agents, even as many other residents scampered for safety after hearing the sound of the blasts.

When contacted for reaction last night, the Yobe state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nansak, confirmed hearing the sound of the explosions, but said he had no details of the incident.

Attempts to get reaction of the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade, failed last night as he neither answered a call put through to his cell phone by one of our reporters nor replied to an sms sent to it.

The Yobe state capital is one of the cities hit by the vicious insurgency being carried out by Jama’atu Ahlus Sunna lid Da’awati wal Jihad, commonly referred to as Boko Haram.

The state, along with Adamawa and Borno, have been under a state of emergency since May last year, yet the violent campaign by the insurgents has persisted.

Meanwhile, six people have been confirmed dead in a fresh attack on Dampar Village in Ibi local government area of Taraba state.

Taraba state Police PRO, DSP Joseph Kwaji, who confirmed the attack, said the attackers were alleged to have come from a Tarok village in Plateau state yesterday evening and attacked and burnt down parts of Dampar.

The attackers were said to attack the village at about 7pm with sophisticated weapons, forcing people in the area to flee the village into nearby bushes.

One of the residents of the village, Adamu Tafga, told our correspondent on phone that the attackers burnt down almost 30 houses in the village and carted away their property.

He said after killing six people, the attackers also abducted four persons.

Another resident, Adamu Damfar, told our correspondent that in February this year, some people suspected to be Tarok had attack the village, following which some of the villagers who were displaced took refuge in Wukari and Ibi towns.

 

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