Two female bombers attacked an Internally-Displaced Persons, IDP, camp in Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State, at about 6:30a.m. yesterday, and detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDS, killing about 58 persons.
However, the Executive Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Satomi Ahmed, told reporters that 30 were killed and 78 injured in the attack.
He noted that the lack of telecommunications network in Dikwa council meant that SEMA did not receive word of the attacks until late morning, yesterday.
He said: “We were not informed of the attacks until this morning (Wednesday). As soon as we heard, SEMA and NEMA officials were on the scene. We evacuated 78 injured persons to Maiduguri.”
He added that he could not confirm the casualty figures at this time, but that about 30 people were believed to have died in the attack.
However, rescue workers said more than fifty-five people were killed and that most of the victims were women and children.
The suicide bombing follows the invasion of two communities in Damboa LGA by Boko Haram on Monday, which led to the death of six people and the theft of food.
A member within the Civilian Joint Task Force, who is based in Biu town, told newsmen that the invaders hit Kalari and Adikai villages around 2p.m. Monday.
“They killed six people, wounded two others and burnt down the villages; nothing remains,” he said.