Saturday, November 5, 2011

90 Killed in Damaturu Bomb Attacks [capital of Yobe State] (via BBC/AFP)
5 November 2011

[] Latest reports put death toll at 90 in a series of bomb attacks in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, BBC reports, monitored by say. Witnesses said the bombs hit several targets, including churches and the headquarters of the Yobe state police. The BBC's Jonah Fisher, in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, says gunfire lasted into the night and residents were said to be fleeing.

It follows attacks on security forces in the nearby city of Maiduguri blamed on the Islamist Boko Haram group. A lawyer who visited Damaturu's government hospital Saturday looking for a missing friend said he counted 60 bodies in the morgue. "I have seen 60 dead bodies in the hospital, all brought in yesterday from the attacks," the lawyer, who asked not be named, told AFP by telephone.
"I am here to look for my friend who didn't return home yesterday."
He said anxious relatives were flocking to the hospital in search of loved ones.

An unnamed local government official in Damaturu was quoted by AFP news agency as saying that hundreds of wounded people were being treated in the hospital.

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