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Zulum confirms 10 deaths, 47 injured people in Maiduguri attacks


 Zulum confirms 10 deaths, 47 injured people in Maiduguri attacks

Tada Jutha, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, has confirmed the killing of 10 residents in the Boko Haram terrorists’ attack on Maiduguri metropolis.

The terrorists, who burst from the Kaileri/Costain[WU1]  axis fired Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) by 6.15 pm into Gwange and Adam Kolo communities of the metropolis.

The multiple rocket attacks also wounded 47 residents and are receiving treatment at State’s Specialists Hospital, Maiduguri.

While lamenting incessant attacks Wednesday at the State’s Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, the Governor said: “Last night’s rocket shots were fired from Kaleri, an outskirt of Maiduguri,” adding that the grenades hit Gwange and Adam Kolo communities, killing 10 people at the spot.

“One of the grenades hit a children’s playground in Gwange community,” noting that most of the deaths occurred in the Gwange community, located east of the metropolis.

Zulum also confirmed the attacks during his empathy visits to the State Specialist Hospital, and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

He was briefed by hospital authorities that 47 victims had sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated.

He directed the Ministry of Health to foot all victims’ hospital bills.

Speaking on casualties yesterday (Wednesday), he said: “It’s a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state for 10 people to die with hospitalization of 60 residents.

“It was as a result of long distance shots fired by the insurgents,” noting that this is a new trend for the state government to raise up and stop.

According to him; “We experienced a similar incident in July last year, where several people were killed and injured.”

He said the solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which we could work on.

He therefore shared the pains of all those affected, as well as visiting the hospitals.

“We do so much behind the scene in our combined responses to the Boko Haram insurgency,” he said, assuring that the state government will continue to make more efforts to restore peace in collaboration with the military and other security agencies.

On recapture of Marte, he said: “The military should continue its peace-building and stability efforts that could prevent the takeover of Marte again or any part of the state by insurgents.”

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