Adamawa Markets Suicide Attacks; Death Toll Put at 47
9 December 2016 National
The death toll in suicide attacks on two markets in Madagali town of Adamawa State has been put at 47 by an official of the local council, Channelstv.com reports
Mr Yusuf Mohammed, the chairman of the Local Government Area where the suicide attacks occurred, gave the figure that is in contrast with the number of casualties confirmed by emergency management agencies.
Two suicide bombers had detonated their explosive devices at two different markets in Madagali town of Adamawa State.
The first explosive went off at a Grain Market while the other occurred at a Second Hand Clothing Market in volatile northeast Nigeria.
At a press conference, the Adamawa State Commissioner of Information, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, said the attack occurred at noon on Friday, a day more persons come to the markets.
The statement by the Commissioner also showed possibilities of high figures from the attack.
In earlier report Sixty-seven persons were said to have sustained injuries while seven were in critical condition.
According to the emergency management agencies, the four persons died on the way to a hospital.
The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency also confirmed the figures.
The attack comes after the United States the United States House of Representatives passed a legislation directing the country’s Secretaries of State and Defence to jointly develop a five-year strategy to assist Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.
The measure is also aimed at providing assistance to members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and international partners offering support in counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram sect in the region.
According to reports, the legislation, passed by a voice vote, was introduced by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Florida) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).
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