Residents of Madagali town in Adamawa State yesterday were shattered as two suicide bombers, said to be teen female students, attacked Madagali Market in Madagali Local Council, leaving about 30 people dead.
The Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 28 Task For Battalion in Mubi, Major Badare Akintoye, who confirmed the incident, said that 30 people were killed and 57 others seriously injured in the attacks.
He said the two attacks occurred around noon when buying and selling was going on in the market.
“The attack in Madagali was carried out by two female school children. They detonated two bombs at the same time, killing 30 people. They also died.
“Based on the report before me from our men working on ground, 30 were killed and 57 people were also injured during the attack and security agents have taken over the area to avoid enemies coming in to cause another attack,” he stated.
An eyewitness, John Musa, said that two suspected female suicide bombers detonated the bombs that exploded at the grains and second-hand clothes sections of the market yesterday at noon, killing dozens of people.
Chairman of Madagali Local Council, Yusuf Muhammad, who also confirmed the attacks, called on the federal government to deploy soldiers to the surrounding areas where he said Boko Haram insurgents set up camps.
He described the attacks as a setback to the relative peace being enjoyed by residents, who have resumed normal commercial and social activities following successful military operations that dislodged the insurgents from the area.
While condemning the latest bomb blast, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has proposed intelligence surge to avert such horrendous attacks and greater vigilance on the part of citizens, especially in the liberated communities.