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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Two suicide bombers kill 13, injures 35 in Yobe

Two suicide bombers on Wednesday launched coordinated attacks on two mosques in Potiskum town, the largest commercial city in Yobe State.
The attack was targeted at worshippers during the evening prayer at about 7:30 local time.They attacked mosques which included the Alkali Kalli mosque located just a few metres away from the Emir of Fika Palace and the Sakafa mosque sited at the busy Potiskum Central Market.

Despite security warnings that people should stay away from blast scenes, residents were however seeing milling around the two mosques in the earlier hours of Wednesday to witness the level of destruction when our correspondent visited.
The potiskum General hospital was equally taken over by sympathizers and family members who either came to identify the dead or the injured.
Hospital authorities and security declined official comment but an anonymous hospital source informed that 13 bodies were brought from the separate attacks while 35 others affected by the blasts are currently receiving treatment at the Potiskum hospital.
The source also disclosed that victims with high degree of fracture would be referred to other hospitals like FMC Nguru and Azare.An official with Isma Medical Initiatives, who was involved in the rescue operation, also confirmed that 13 people died in the incidents.
“We were involved in the rescue operation from the beginning up to this time and I can confirm to you that 13 people were killed in the separate blasts while 35 others sustained various degrees of injuries. Many of those on admission will be referred to Either Nguru or neighbouring Azare for treatment,” he stated.

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