The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said yesterday that a total of 65 persons lost their lives and 136 persons injured, following the weekend attacks on Dalori village by insurgents.
Dalori, which is less than 10 kilometres from Maiduguri, came under the attacks on Saturday evening.
NEMA’s Emergency Response Team immediately mobilized for rescue along with others, including Police Anti-Bomb Squad, NSCDC, Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Commission, and Nigerian Red Cross.
A statement signed by Sani Datti, Snr. Information Officer, NEMA said: “Victims were evacuated to Umaru Shehu Hospital, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Borno General Hospital for medical attention where 40 persons were confirmed dead.
‘’However the community buried 25 deaths beside those that were taken to the hospitals. 136 persons were injured in the attacks.
‘’The insurgents came into the village and started shooting sporadically. This put the villagers and the neighborhood into pandemonium and started running helter-skelter.”
‘’Some of the villagers that succeeded in moving out, including those in the nearby IDPs camp (Dalori Camp II), converged under a big three where people normally gathered in the evening to do menial trading activities, unknown to them that one of the suicide bombers sneaked into the midst of the gathering and detonated explosive devices killing scores of people and injuring many.’’