*Fresh Bomb Blast Averted In Borno
The number of residents of Dalori village, Borno state, who died in the attack perpetrated by suspected Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend has risen to 101, Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, has said.
The commissioner, who disclosed this on Monday in Maiduguri, while briefing the Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Umaru Hassan, said that 59 victims are being hospitalized at the hospitals, 16 villagers were still missing and 85 bodies have been deposited at the morgues of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and State’s Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.
His words: “A total of 65 bodies were deposited at this Specialist Hospital, 10 others are being deposited at UMTH, while another 10 were buried yesterday evening at the Dalori community cemetery.”
An eyewitness, Bulama Malum, said that he saw more than 20 bodies burnt beyond recognition, while a rescue worker with one of the humanitarian agencies, who pleaded anonymity disclosed that more than 100 people were killed during the attack.
Also, a member of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), who identified himself as Musa Adamu, told newsmen that the death toll in the attack was over 100 even as at Saturday night when the incident occurred.
In another development, the Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday, revealed that security operatives demobilized materials suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) planted near the office of the Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board in Maiduguri.
He said that the IEDs, which were planted by suspected members of Boko Haram were demobilized by a joint security team.
“I can confirm that it was a joint police/military operation that demobilized the IEDs but thank God, no live was lost or injuries recorded, “Isuku said.