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More update: Over 50 dead, hundreds injured in Yola Mosque Blast

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More update on Adamawa bomb blast: 

An Eyes witness reported that over 50 persons died and hundreds of many others injured as a result of the bomb blast. 

However, a National Emergency Maintenance Agency [NEMA], coordinator in Adamawa State, Mr. Saad Bello confirmed that so far 27 were killed, while 96 were injured in the Yola Juma’at Mosque bomb blast.

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A bomb explosion rocks a newly finished constructed Mosque and many Muslim worshipers were feared dead during the launch of a Friday Jummat mosque near old hajj camp in Jambutu area of Yola the Adamawa State capital.

The bomber struck Barely 11 hours after suspected members of the deadly Islamist sect, Boko Haram attacked a mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. 

The blast which occurred at about 2:00 pm Friday shortly after the commencement of Friday prayers shook the town as it was heard across Jimeta, the administrative capital of Yola.

Eyewitness account revealed that the bomb was detonated by a young suicide bomber in the vicinity of the mosque.

“A young man sneaked into the vicinity of the mosque immediately after the prayer commences and detonated it leading to massive casualty,” the eye witness said.

A member of the first aid group of Jama’atul Bid’a Wa Ikhamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) Mallam Yusuf Osama said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives shortly after the Friday prayers commences.

“It is a gory scenario, many people were killed in the blast and we are busy evacuating dead bodies and injured victims to hospital.

“The suicide bomber wanted to get access to the main bowl of the mosque so that he will cause massive havoc but before he reaches the building, the bomb detonated.

“The decapitated head of the suicide bomber was lying among the mangled bodies of the victims,” Osama noted.

Another eyewitness on condition of anonymity said a batch of soldiers drafted to the scene have opened fire on the crowd instantly killing about three people.

“When the first batch of soldiers came, they started beating people with horse whips which caused uproar as the Worshipers retaliated by pelting the soldiers with stones and the soldiers fired shots leading to the instant death of many people,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Othman Abubakar said so far the casualty figure has not been confirmed.

 

By Tom Garba, Yola


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