*30 killed, 67 injured
*Atiku urges greater vigilance, intelligence surge
No fewer than 56 persons have been confirmed dead and 177 others injured after two female suicide bombers yesterday afternoon detonated their bombs at a crowded Central market, Gulak, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government area of Adamawa State.
The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed confirmed the attack, describing it as one of the worst attacks to have occurred in the area.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigeria military would not be deterred from stamping out Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
The president spoke on the heels of the twin bomb blasts in the town of Madagali, Adamawa State yesterday which claimed some lives and injured several others.
Describing the blasts as desperate act of terrorism, the president expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of victims assuring Nigerians that his administration would put an end to the killings.
He also condoled with the Government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident, saying they are not alone as the rest of nation mourned, “this grave loss with them.”
President Buhari restated: “Putting an end to this senseless loss of innocent lives remains a top priority of this administration” adding that, “over the past few weeks, the Nigerian military have made significant advancements in an offensive aimed at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram.”
According to him, “This latest attack is obviously an act of desperation, but the Nigerian military will neither be distracted nor relent.”
President Buhari also urged Nigerians to be more vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to the nearest security and law enforcement agency.
How it occurred
However, residents who spoke to Saturday Vanguard from Madagali, a few kilometers to the dreaded Sambisa forest and the border local government between Adamawa and Borno states however disclosed that more than 40 people were killed in the blast.
Mr. Ezra Simon, an opinion leader in the area told Saturday Vanguard that the co-ordinated suicide bombers struck simultaneously killing scores of people.
“All of a sudden, we heard a loud bang and before we knew what actually happened, another bang occurred from a different direction. There and then, there was complete pandemonium in the market and people ran in all directions. Many people ran to the Army barracks and other security outfits for protection. The military immediately cordoned off the area as security operatives moved dead bodies and the injured to hospitals,” the opinion leader added.
Spokesman of the 28 task Battalion Mubi Major Badare Akintoye who also confirmed the incident stated that the area was however now calm as at the time of writing this report.
Major Badare put the official figure of the dead at 30 while 67 were inured.
Reacting to the blast, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar condemned the attack.
He said he was highly embarrassed that these terrorists are hiding behind religious ideology to commit atrocities against innocent people, despite the fact that Islam, and indeed any other religion prohibits the murder of innocent people.
The Turakin Adamawa regretted that the Boko Haram bandits have virtually crippled Northern economy and disrupted its social life.
He therefore proposed intelligence surge to avert such horrendous attacks and greater vigilance on the part of citizens, especially in the liberated communities.