Madagali Suicide Bombings Kill 30, Injure 57
At least 30 people have died, while 57 others are seriously injured following Friday’s twin suicide bombings that hit Madagali market in Adamawa state, north-east Nigeria.
The Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 28 Task For Battalion in Mubi, Major Badare Akintoye, confirmed the incident.
Chairman of Madagali Local Government Yusuf Muhammed, who also confirmed the attacks, said the injured victims have been rushed to Mubi General Hospital and Yola Specialists Hospital.
The Madagali market operates on Fridays and the two blasts occurred at the grains and second hand clothes sections of the market.
The council boss appealed to the federal, state governments, relevant donors and humanitarian agencies to come to the aid of the people.
He said such a gesture would help them in alleviating the pain and loss from the blasts.
Terrorist group Boko Haram is believed to have carried out the attacks, which happened in the morning on the edge of the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold.
Since the military has dislodged the extremists from towns and villages this year, the insurgents have been attacking soft targets.
Madagali lies some 276km from the Adamawa State capital, Yola.
The town, which is close to neighbouring Borno State, was one of the 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 28 December, 2015, at a busy motor park.