Kaduna (Nigeria) – Nigerian Islamist Group, Boko Haram Friday bombed Nigeria’s largest Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Yola, Northeast Nigeria.
A statement by the spokesman of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Sani Datti says “so far seven (7) persons lost their lives and twenty (20) persons were injured in the bomb blast that occurred in Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons camp Yola, Adamawa state.”
“Among the injured seven (7) were treated and discharged while thirteen (13) persons including four (4) NEMA officials are still receiving treatment at Federal Medical Center, Yola.”
“The Bomb, which was planted inside a Tent, went off this morning at around 10: 50am.” The statement says.
Head of Security at American University of Nigeria (AUN), Lionel Rawlings, has confirmed to journalists that student volunteers were injured at the scene by flying debris.
“None was in direct contact with the explosion, but there was flying shrapnel. We dodged the bullet,” he said.
Officials said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device left near tents in the camp, south of the city and near an army barracks
Governor of Adamawa State, Jibrilla Bindow, was quoted at a meeting of Northern Nigerian Governors saying children were among the dead.
The attack came 2 days when Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, General T. Y Burutai was celebrating the recapturing of Gomborun Ngala town, alongside other soldiers, by hoisting Nigerian flag in the town.