Nine people are confirmed dead in a string of bombings which took place in the early hours of Friday, January 13, 2017 in Madagali town in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.
An eyewitness who simply identified himself as Baba, said the blast occurred near a checkpoint at the entrance of the town.
“We heard three blasts near the checkpoint where people gathered to be screened before entering the town as you know today is market day.
“The suicide bombers blew themselves up alongside the two vigilante members that approached them,” Baba said.
Speaking on the development, the member representing Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency, Mr Adamu Kamale, said he got the report but that the information showed that there was no death.
“Information available to me showed that there was no death in the blast, except that some people sustained injuries,” Kamale said.
He called for more deployment of troops to comb the Madagali axis of Sambisa which he said was still habouring insurgents.
When contacted, the Chairman of Madagali Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, also confirmed the incident but said he could not give details because he was not in town.
“I was outside the town for an official engagement but I was called and informed about the incident. That is all I can tell you for now,” Mohammed said.
Horrific: Suicide Bomber Had Baby Strapped to Back
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that one of the three female suicide bombers that attacked Madagali town, Adamawa, on Friday died with a baby strapped on her back.
Mr Sa’ad Bello, an official of NEMA, who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that nine people died in the triple blast including the suicide bombers.
“So far we have nine dead including the three female suicide bombers, while 14 others sustained various degrees of injuries,” Bello said.
Bello explained that one of the female suicide bombers was carrying a baby.
Also confirming the development, the executive secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, ADSEMA, Haruna Furo, said that normalcy has returned to the area.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa Government has condemned the incident and urged the public to be more vigilant and report suspicious persons, objects and movements to security agencies.
Ahmad Sajoh, the information commissioner in Adamawa State, said that the injured had been taken to Michika General Hospital for medical attention.
Sajoh assured that government had made all necessary arrangements to cater for the injured and their relations staying with them at the hospital. (NAN)