Biu Market Attack: Borno Deputy Governor Confirms 8 Persons Dead Eight
SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, (THEWILL) – Eight persons have been confirmed dead in the Biu market attack carried out by two teenage female suicide bombers last Thursday.
Borno Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, confirmed the casualty figure at the weekend even as he condemned the attack, adding that 20 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the attack.
Zannah also said the Boko Haram insurgents had made several attempts in the past to invade Biu, disclosing that the insurgents lost over 40 of their gunmen in one of such attempts.
He however lamented that that the terrorists would wreak such havoc on the people of the town on Thursday, advising that the residents of the town should step up their security consciousness to forestall future attacks by the gunmen.
According to the deputy governor, “Information at my disposal shows that two little girls were responsible for the attack at the market.
“I also learnt that eight persons were killed in the attack and 20 persons injured. We on our part as government will give support to the families of those that were killed and help the victims of those lost. But we can only do little as lives lost cannot be brought.”
Meanwhile condemnations have been trailing the Thursday suicide bombingas the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, joined in the condemnation on Friday
In a statement by the chairman, media committee of his campaign, Inuwa Bwala, the PDP governorship candidate condemned the attack in its entirety, describing it as a crime against Nigeria and her people.
While consoling the families of the those who died in the attack, he called on security agents not to rest on their oars until those behind the attack are found and brought to justice.
Declaring that the political contest in Borno is not worth the blood of a single individual, Imam called on the people of Biu to remain calm and focused, maintaining that “change in Borno is inevitable and no amount of violence can delay it.”