- The death toll from the twin bomb blasts which rocked Maiduguri in Borno state has risen to 6
- 27 were critically injured after at least two bomb blasts in the capital of Borno state went off within 10 minutes
- Mohammed Aliyu, the Borno state commissioner of police noted the victims included one female at Gwange
The death toll from the twin bomb blasts in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state on Thursday, July 30, has risen to 6 from 2.
This was confirmed by Mohammed Aliyu, the Borno state commissioner of police, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, July 31, in Maiduguri.
According to Aliyu, 27 people were critically injured from the four attacks which affected Gwange, Custom, and Gidan Ayaba areas of the city.
The police commissioner said the victims included one female at Gwange and five others who were hit by the explosives in separate locations.
He went on to note that the police command in collaboration with other security agencies, deployed 7,000 personnel to secure the metropolis.
He said: “Those deployed are personnel from the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Special Anti-Robbery Squad men with armoured vehicles and sniffer dogs, Civilian Joint Task Force, Hunters and the Rapid Response Squad to secure the outskirts of the city.”
Recall that the attack came 24 hours after the convoy of the Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, was attacked in Kukawa local government area of the state.
The Borno governor was on his way to some internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the northern part of the state when the incident happened.
“The governor went to Kukawa, and on his way to Baga his convoy was attacked. Nobody was injured,” the source was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum directed his fury to the Nigerian Army (NA) over the attack on his convoy by insurgents at Baga town.
Zulum, confronting the commanding officer in Mile 4, stated that despite claims of victory over Boko Haram, the terrorists still had the upper hand to unleash the attack.
The furious governor mentioned that even with the presence of 1,181 soldiers in Kukawa local government area, terrorists still thrive.
Zulum said that since this is the case, he will ask for the redeployment of the soldiers to another place where they are needed.
It was unclear if Boko Haram insurgents are behind the attack. Legit.ng gathered that this was the second known attack on the convoy of the Borno state governor within a year.
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