The palpable peace Chibok community, Borno State, had enjoy for months now was Wedmesday shattered by twin bomb blasts, killing 11 persons and injuring 35 others.
It was learnt that the explosions, which bore the hallmark of Boko Haram, went off at a military checkpoint and a market simultaneously, shattering the fragile security situation in the Borno State comminity, where about 219 school girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in 2014. The girls have yet to be rescued.
It was learnt that a suspected bomber was apprehended at a different location in the town.
The number of military personnel affected by the blasts could not be immediately ascertained, but it was gathered that many of them might have been injured.
The Chairman, Chibok Community in Abuja, Chief Tsambido Abana, confirmed to our correspondent that 11 persons had so far died while 35 others were injured in the attacks which were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers.
Abana stated that his uncle and nephew were also injured in the blasts.
He said, “Yes, there were two bomb blasts at Chibok today (Wednesday) which claimed
11 lives, 35 others were also injured.
“A blast went off in the market while another one exploded at a military checkpoint. My uncle and niece were also injured in the blasts, they are being treated in the hospital now.”
The blasts happened at about midday when the remote town was packed with traders from surrounding villages for the weekly market, Chibok elder Ayuba Chibok said.
“Ten died on the spot and another one died on the way to hospital,” said a health worker, Dazzban Buba, who volunteered to treat the injured at hospital.
The blasts bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has repeatedly hit “soft” civilian targets such as markets, mosques and bus stations as well as military and civilian vigilante checkpoints.