Twenty persons have been confirmed killed after an explosion in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to Channels Television, the explosion is suspected to be an attack by suicide Boko Haram bombers.
Villagers in Abachari town in Damboa Local Government Area of the state were observing the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations when the explosion occurred on Saturday evening.
The attack was confirmed by Damian Chukwu, the Borno State Police Commissioner.
“At about quarter to nine, yesterday night, a loud explosion was heard at Abacahri village, along Damboa/Chibok road. The DPO mobilised with our men from the SARS and civilian JTF to the scene and found twenty people dead and 48 others injured.
“Some of the bodies were found chattered, indicating that the explosion came from an explosive device,” Chukwu said.
Chukwu said further that the police is yet to confirm if the explosion was as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or a rocket-propelled grenade.
The Commissioner of Police disclosed that the number of victims is on the high side because most of them were returning from celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr holiday when the attackers struck.
The injured persons have since been rushed to Damboa General hospital while some others were conveyed to the Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri for specialists’ attention.