Roadside Explosion Kills 35 In Adamawa
No fewer than 35 people including five military personnel and a local hunter were reported to have been killed by a bomb explosion Thursday morning around Mararaba-Mubi area of Adamawa State.
Eyewitness told Newsmen in Yola, the state capital that a combined team of the military and local hunters on routine patrol of the area following their successful recapture of the Mubi town when the bomb planted by the insurgents exploded killing 35 people instantly.
According to the eyewitness, the scene of the blast was a busy area where people returning to the area after the recapture of Mubi gather to do one business or the other.
He added that the explosive might have been planted there overnight and it went off while people gather there in the morning.
The eyewitness, who spoke to Newsmen on phone stated that the military has converted the venue of the blast to a check point, since there are heavy presence of people at the spot most of the times.
“My house is some meters from the scene of the incident. I stood outside my compound watching the suburb and all of a sudden, I heard a loud bang which shook the entire surroundings”, he claimed.
“The few people that were returning to the area started fleeing and the area was immediately cordoned off by the military”, he maintained.
The explosion prompted the military authorities to declare the area “a no go place” and advised returning villagers and passersby to be extra
cautious along the routes.
The authorities also cautioned the people to be vary of strange objects and polythene bags within their reach, advising that they might be explosives fashioned out to look attractive for unknown victims.
Meanwhile, hundreds of local hunters keeping vigil with the military in the recovered areas of Adamawa State from the insurgents have vowed to ensure that the sects are completely chase out or eliminated.
The hunters, who were returning to the recaptured areas of Mubi and its environs told newsmen Thursday in Yola that their major pre-occupation now is to ensure that the area is completely secured for the inhabitants to return to their homes.
The leader of the Hunters, Young Moris pledged that they will do all it could to ensure that Michika and Madagali is equally cleanse of the insurgents soonest.