30 Feared Dead, 100 Injured As Female Suicide Bombers Hit Wedding, Funeral In Borno

Daud Olatunji

Multiple suicide attacks rocked Gwoza town in Borno State on Saturday, leading to the death of  about  30 people and injuring over 100 others. 

The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Shehu Timta, confirmed the incidents, which he said  targeted a wedding reception and a burial ceremony.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the  attacks, carried out by unidentified female suicide bombers, caused widespread panic as people fled for their lives. 

Sources said, “More than 30 people were killed with over 100 sustained various degrees of injuries, even as many of the victims have been evacuated to Maiduguri for medical attention.”

Speaking on the devastation, Emir Timta said, “The entire Gwoza council area is in mourning following multiple suicide attacks on our community.”

He explained that the first explosion occurred at a wedding reception when a woman, accompanied by two children, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). 

He added that the  blast resulted in multiple fatalities, including the bomber herself.

The Emir further explained that  shortly after, another female suicide bomber struck a nearby burial ceremony, adding to the carnage. 

According to him, as the community was reeling from these two attacks, a third explosion was reported, this  further escalates  the casualties.

“At least, over 100 people were injured, and most of them who sustained serious injuries have been rushed to Maiduguri with military escort for proper medical attention,” Timta stated, adding that the full details of the casualties are still being assessed.

In response to the horrific events, Ahmed Usman Jaha, representing the Gwoza/Chibok/Damboa federal constituency, expressed his condolences.

 “I sympathize with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the multiple attacks and pray to Allah to grant the souls of the deceased Aljannatul Firdaus, and wish those who sustained injuries a quick recovery,” he said.

Gwoza, a town in southern Borno bordering the Republic of Cameroon, has a troubled history with insurgency. It was once declared Boko Haram Territory after insurgents captured it, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people before the area was later liberated by military forces

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