Borno SEMA confirms death of 30, injury of 42 others in suicide attack

Borno Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Monday said 30 persons lost thier lives while 42 others were injured when three  suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explossive Device (IED)  in Mandarari community of Konduga  Local government area of the  state.
Officials load the body of a victim to the general hospital mortuary on a street of the Jiddari Polo neighbourhood of the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri, on Februray 16, 2019 where Boko Haram fighters shot residents while two suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing eight people. – The attack came hours before Nigeria’s electoral commission announced it was postponing today’s presidential and legislative vote for a week. The killings came after the group overran a military base north of Maiduguri few days before, stealing an armoured vehicle and torching buildings in an attack that left “several soldiers” missing. (Photo AFP)
Usman Kachala, SEMA Director Search, Rescue and Operations who disclosed this to news men when he visited the scene of the attack on Monday, said the incident occured around 8pm on Sunday.
Kachala said that the three suicide bombers,  comprising two females and a male,  detonated the IEDs in a local tea joint and film center in the community.
He said that about 17 persons died instantly, adding that the death toll increased to 30 on Monday as a result of lack of immediate medical attention.
He said that his staff could not reach the spot of the incident as the military had closed the road to traffic and  the hospital in Konduga did not have enough facilities to handle the situation.
“When me and my team arrived Konduga early this morning, the military prevented us from gaining access to the community to assist the victims.
“They told us they were given order from above not to open the road untill 9am,”he lamented.
NAN reporter who later visited the scene of the attacks along with SEMA team report s that dozens of the wounded  victims were seen being conveyed in pick-up vans by   relations to hospitals in Maiduguri, the state capital, a distance of about 80 km from their town.

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