A bomb blast that rocked a Juma’at Mosque in Jambutu area of Jimeta in Yola, Adamawa on Friday killed 40 worshippers; injuring scores of others while a similar attack in a mosque in Maiduguri, Bornu State, on the same day, killed about 18 persons.
According to eyewitnesses, not less than 100 persons were injured in both incidents believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram insurgents.
The first of the blasts occurred in Maiduguri, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb inside a mosque at the Jiddari Polo area of the town.
The spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency in the North East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, who confirmed the attack to Saturday PUNCH in a text message, said, “(A) suicide bomber detonated the bomb during the early morning Subh prayer; some people were killed. Rescue officials have concluded search and rescue efforts while the injured have been taken to hospitals within Maiduguri.”
Meanwhile, the attack has put residents in the area in a state of apprehension.
Following the attack,the military immediately cordoned off all the access roads to the area, and over six ambulances were seen conveying the dead and the injured to hospitals.
Eyewitnesses said the death toll was up to 40.
However the National Emergency Management Agency, in a brief statement, said 27 persons were killed in the Yola blast while 96 others were injured.
The agency said the injured victims had been taken to two hospitals in the town- Federal Medical Centre, Yola and the Specialist Hospital, Jimata, Adamawa State.
In the meantime, authorities of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, have called on Nigerians to donate blood to assist the injured persons, who were said to be over 50 receiving treatment in the hospitals.
Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group, has witnessed about five suicide attacks at mosques in the last one month while Yola has witnessed about three in 2015.
Please donate blood to the victims if you are in Yola and encourage your friends to do the same.