While government authorities said at least 29 people died in the blasts in Mubi, Adamawa State on Tuesday, local gravediggers at the town’s only cemetery said they buried 86 persons.
The Federal Government on Wednesday ordered increased security around markets and places of worship after a twin suicide bomb attack blamed on Boko Haram killed scores of people in the worst civilian loss of life in more than two years.
The authorities said at least 29 people died in the blasts in Mubi, Adamawa State, on Tuesday; but local grave diggers at the town’s only cemetery said they buried 86.
“We buried 76 people yesterday (Tuesday),” said one, asking to remain anonymous. Today, as at 3:00 pm (Wednesday), 10 more bodies were brought in and buried.
“These people died overnight from injuries, obviously,” he told AFP.
Another grave digger, who also asked for his name not to be used, supported the account. “We hope we are done with the burials,” he added.
The figures are in line with the accounts of two residents who, on Tuesday, evening said they attended the funerals of more than 60 people and that more bodies were still arriving.
“I think this is the worst attack Mubi has ever witnessed. The human loss is unimaginable,” said one local, Muhammad Hamidu.
The last time so many people were killed in an attack blamed on Boko Haram was in January 2016, when at least 85 people lost their life in Dalori, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.