Borno attack: Death toll rises to six


Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu on Friday said the death toll during Thursday’s attack on Maiduguri by suspected Boko Haram has risen to six.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the number of those fatally injured has risen to 27.

The Commissioner of Police, who provided more updates on the incident to journalists, said five more bodies were discovered between Thursday (yesterday) and Friday (today).

Aliyu said that the victims included one female at Gwange II and five others who were hit by the explosives in separate locations within the city.

He said following the incidents, the command in collaboration with other security agencies, had deployed a total of 7,000 personnel to secure the entire city for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in order to prevent a breach of peace.

The Commissioner said that the personnel comprising of the Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit were deployed in 31 designated mosques for the Eid-EL-Kabir congregations.

“Also deployed are personnel from the Explosive Ordinance Department, Special Anti-Robbery Squad men with armoured vehicles and sniffer dogs, Civilian Joint Task Force, Hunters and the Rapid Response Squad to secure the outskirt of the city,” he said.

Aliyu added that the measure was to ensure a hitch-free Eid celebration and also enhance security in the state. Punch


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