Eight people, three policemen and five suspected members of Boko Haram, have been killed in a bomb explosion at a checkpoint in Damaturu, Yobe state, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), Mr Toyin Gbadegesin confirmed.
The explosion occurred on Monday around 11am when two cars suspected to be carrying explosive devices were stopped. The suspects triggered the Improvised Explosive Devices whilst the policemen were waiting for a vehicle to transport the suspects to the state Police Command. Five people were killed on the spot while three more passed away in the hospital. Two surviving policemen are receiving treatment at the Damaturu Specialist Hospital.
The Explosive Ordinance Department of the state Police Command have been deployed to diffuse unexploded IEDs at the scene.
Mr Gbadegesin implored the people of Yobe to be watchful as Boko Haram had intensified their attacks over the past few days. During the month of Ramadan, the terrorist group had gone on an almost daily attack campaign.
Monday’s aborted attack took place only three days after two female suicide bombers killed 15 people in Damaturu during the recently concluded Sallah celebration.