About eight people were killed and 26 others injured on Saturday when a female suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device at the entrance of the Damaturu Central Motor Park in Yobe.
The figure was given by the medical director of Sani Abacha General Hospital in Damaturu Dr Garba Fika
Fika was briefing Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam about the condition of the victims when he, (the governor) visited the victims whose figure he gave as a total of 33 victims of bomb blast that occurred an hour ago.
He said all of them sustained various degree of injuries, out of which seven are dead, while seven are under a very critical condition.
” We might refer those under critical condition to the Federal Medical Centre, Nguru and Federal Medical Centre Azare in Bauchi State respectively. ” Already, the Yobe State government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with these health institutions, in case of emergency of this nature, ” Fika said.
Meanwhile, a witness of the bombing incident said the bomber emerged from a bus that pulled up in front of the home of Sabo Garbu who is running for a seat in the House of Representatives.
The medical director, however, said that the victims with mild injuries, were responding to treatment and would be discharged soon..
Responding, Gaidam condemned the incident , describing it as “very unfortunate.” He commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died as a result of the incident.
The governor, who promised to settle the medical bills of all the victims, expressed optimism that insurgency would soon be a thing of the past in the country and advised people to be security conscious, report any suspicious movement around them, and cooperate with the security agents to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
As at the time of filing the report, the police are yet to issue any statement on the incident.