The two separate bomb blast in Adamawa state has led to the death 56 with 177 sustaining various injuries, an official has said.
The Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 28 Task Force Battalion, Mubi, Adamawa, Major Badare Akintoye, confirmed the incident.
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 .
According to him, the attack also destroyed food items worth several millions of naira aside from the lives lost.
Badare while explaining how the incident happened, said, “The attack was carried out by two female school children, they detonated two bombs at the same time killing the victims while they also died in the process. We have reinforced security in the area to avoid enemies coming in to cause further mayhem.”
Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar, said they were on top of the situation as their men were deployed to secure the area.
The Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, told one of our correspondents that the attack was caused by desperation of the Boko Haram insurgents. He said the group had become weak and had decided to use “sleeper cell” to carry out attacks on citizens.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condoled the families of victims of the tragedy.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President also condoled with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident.