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Borno: Death toll in Gwoza wedding suicide bombings, others rise to 18

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The Director-General of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Barkindo Saidu, has confirmed more blasts in Gwoza and the rise in the number of people killed to 18.

Saidu said in a situation report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the death comprised adult male, female and children.

He added that the first blast by suicide bomber took place at a wedding ceremony, while the second blast occurred at the funeral service of victims when another female suicide bomber rushed into the congregation.

He stated that, “19 people seriously injured were conveyed to Maiduguri in four  ambulances, while 23 others are waiting for military escort in the Medical Regimental Services (MRS) Clinic.

“I am now coordinating for a chopper tonight. I have mobilised emergency drugs to complement the shortage of drugs in Gwoza.

“The degree of injuries range from abdominal raptures, skull and limb fractures.

“I have also received a report that there is a suspected suicide bomber in Pulka,” Saidu said.

Pulka is a village not too far from Gwoza town.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the coordinated attacks, which took many by surprise, was shocking to the people of Borno State who experienced such at the height of the insurgency in 2014.

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