Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bomb blasts rock Borno •7 killed; officer loses eyes, leg •Police station, hotel set ablaze

New Generation Africa understands that within few minutes to voting at Unguwar Doki of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, a bomb blast occurred at one of the polling centres leaving more than ten people injured.
A police woman had her hands and legs chopped off, while the two eyes of the presiding officer were plucked out by the blast which occurred around 11.50 a.m. Dozens of military personnel and anti bomb squad of the police were seen at the scene. Though the commandant of the Joint Task Force (JTF), a lieutenant colonel, was seen at the scene, he did not speak to journalists.
Witnesses said it would be difficult to identify the people that dropped the bomb as everybody at the scene was seen as a potential voter. “I am afraid, the police woman and the INEC man may likely die because of the intensity of the injuries they sustained,” one of the witnesses said.
When Sunday Tribune visited the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, the police woman was said to have been in the theater while the rest of the victims were taken to the emergency unit of the hospital.
In an earlier development, about seven persons were reportedly killed in Borno while the popular Maiduguri International Hotel was set ablaze Friday and many others were injured when some unidentified gunmen attacked a police station in Shani Local Government Area of the state during the distribution of election materials for onward delivery to polling stations ahead of yesterday’s election.
Among those killed during the attack were ANPP Chairman in Jere Local Government, Alhaji Fannami Ngarnam, who was shot dead with his son at his Bulabulin residence in Jere.
Eye witnesses told Sunday Tribune that the victims, including the party secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Shani, were killed by the gunmen Friday evening.
Also, the Maiduguri International Hotel was set ablaze, though, details of the attack were sketchy even as nobody has claimed responsibility.
But the Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has fingered politicians in the unholy act, while the Chairman of ANPP in Borno State blamed politicians for the violence.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Mike Zuokumor, confirmed the attack, saying that, “we are compiling details… I cannot tell who the victims are but you will know as soon as we complete our investigations,” he said.
It was learnt that there was exchange of gunshots between the police and the gunmen at the station.

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