Two female suicide bombers hits Chibok Market in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, killing 14 people and leaving over 30 others seriously injured.
It was learnt that the Chibok market had been shut down since the attack on the Government Girls’ Secondary School, during with over 200 students were abducted Boko Haram insurgents and was just reopened yesterday.
“The market was opened today (yesterday), and the suicide bombers struck at exactly 12:54 p.m. Eight people died on the spot, while over 30 were rushed to Uba General hospital in Askira Local Government with two of the victims in critical condition,” a party chairman in Chibok, Lawan Pogu told newsmen in Maiduguri. Another resident, Mallum Chibok told our correspondent that the insurgents struck despite the presence of tight security in the town.
According to him, the idea to reopen the market was opposed, adding however that some people said normalcy had returned. “I cannot understand the reason why government is insisting that normalcy has returned when you cannot go to Chibok from Maiduguri through Damboa?
The road is still closed because Boko Haram is still operating 21 kilometres away from Maiduguri.
“Today, they opened the market and we lost 14 people with over 30 hospitalised. From what we are being told now as we speak, some of the people who were taken to the hospital gave up as soon as they reach the hospital in Uba.
“Look at it; they said another six more people died making the number 14. Since the attack I have received more than 100 calls and more calls and text messages are coming in. This is very unfortunate and unbelieving. It is sad for us,” Chibok said.