Published On: Fri, Dec 9th, 2016

Angst as death toll in Adamawa bomb blast rises to 56

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adamawa-blastChairman of Madagali Local Government, Yusuf Muhammed, on Friday said that a total of 56 persons had died following the suicide bombing which occurred in his local council in Adamawa while another 177 sustained various degrees of injuries.

He said the number of casualty could go up depending on how well the victims respond to treatment.

The figure of casualty showed an increase in the death toll from Friday’s suicide bombing in Adamawa

Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman, Madagali Local Government, who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview said 57 of the injured were critical and 120 minor.

He said the critically injured were rushed to Mubi General Hospital and Yola Specialists Hospital, while those that sustained minor injuries were treated and discharged .

Two female suicide bombers had struck at a local market in Madagali, Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.

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Madagali lies some 276 kilometres from the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

The town, which is close to neighbouring Borno State, was one of several others held by Boko Haram at the height of the group’s brutal insurgency.

The latest blast is the third in Madagali, following attacks by two female suicide bombers on December 28, 2015, at a busy motor park.

Local sources had earlier said two female suicide bombers detonated the bombs at the grains and second hand cloths section of the market, Friday noon, killing dozens of people.

Mr. Muhammed described the attack as a setback to relative peace enjoyed by residents who resumed normal commercial and social activities following successful military operations.

He called on the federal government to deploy soldiers to the surrounding areas where he said Boko Haram insurgents had set up camps.

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