DAMATURU, Nigeria, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's Commissioner of Police in northeast Yobe State Sulemon Usman has confirmed the death of 53 people comprising of 17 security agents and 36 civilians in the bomb attacks in Damaturu on Friday.
The commissioner told reporters late Saturday that bomb explosives, rocket launchers and guns were used in the attack on security outfits, personnel and other public buildings on Friday.
He said the security personnel had also killed seven of the attackers while four other security men that sustained injuries were receiving treatment.
Armed bombers attacked and destroyed the police headquarters, Anti- terrorist squad base, First bank, Secretariat complex and some churches among others in Damaturu.
Meanwhile, more soldiers have been deployed to reinforce security in the state capital just as the government had imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time to curtail movement and to bring sanity back in the metropolis.
The commissioner appealed to the people to cooperate with the security agents and shun acts inimical to peaceful coexistence.
Over 100 killed in N Nigeria bomb attacks
DAMATURU, Nigeria, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Officials at the Damaturu General Hospital told Xinhua that over 100 dead bodies were lying at the morgue as of Saturday noon.
The hospital officials said relatives of the deceased have been trooping to the hospital to identify the victims. Full story
UN Security Council strongly condemns bomb attacks in northern Nigeria
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Saturday strongly condemned the bomb attacks in northern Nigeria, which reportedly left more than 100 people dead, reaffirming that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable."
The condemnation was contained in a statement issued here by Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral, Portugal's UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for November. Full story
Suspected suicide bombers die in attack in northeast Nigeria
LAGOS, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Three suspected suicide bombers died Friday in northeast Nigeria when the explosives they attempted to use exploded prematurely, local media reported.
The suspected bombers driving a black SUV sped up at the gate of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters in the state capital Maiduguri when the device exploded, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. The bombers were believed to be members of militant sect Boko Haram. Full story