Boko Haram EXPLOSION

Seventeen people have died and 10 others were injured in multiple explosions on Wednesday morning in Damaturu, Yobe capital.

Alhaji Musa Idi, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the story to newsmen in Damaturu on Wednesday.

The explosions took place around Ministry of Housing quarters and Buhari Housing Estate in Damaturu.

Normalcy has returned to the state capital as schools opened, while workers and other residents have resumed their normal business.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Federal Government has stepped up efforts to end the six-year insurgency of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, during which it has killed thousands in shootings and bombings.

Wednesday’s coordinated attacks, the worst to hit the capital of Yobe since July, were carried out shortly after 6am (05:00 GMT) near a mosque and shops in the suburbs.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Yobe said the three suicide bombers were teenage boys.

“Seventeen people lost their lives and 11 others injured,” said Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

“We denounce lies by the authorities that our brethren numbering about 200 have surrendered to them, and that they have also rescued women and children. All these are lies,” one Boko Haram member said in the 17-minute video posted on YouTube.