35 persons were weekend killed when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram terrorists exploded at a market square in Ngurosoye village of Bama council area of Borno State.
The bomb explosion occurred when most traders had come for business. Several others were also injured and some shops were destroyed in the blast that claimed 35 lives.
Ngurosoye is a farming community off the Sambisa forest and about 10 kilometres from Bama council area which had witnessed series of attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in recent times.
A local trader, who survived the blast, Mallam Isa Umar Bama said the incident took place few metres from his shop, adding that it was by the grace of God that he is alive as some people around him died in the blast.
“It was by the grace of Allah (God) that I am alive, as one of my neighbours who sold onions and customers died in the explosion.
“The attack on the market is purely the handiwork of Boko Haram insurgents who fled from the Sambisa forest after the military offensive on their camps.”
Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr Lawal Tanko, confirmed the incident, saying, “it was a bomb suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram terrorists at the centre of the market in Ngurosoye that exploded during market hour, killing several people and injuring others.”
According to him, a team of the anti-bomb squad had already been dispatched to the affected area to ascertain the cause of the blast.