June 6, 2023

The  Chairman of Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa State, Muhammad Yusuf,  has confirmed that two female suicide bombers were yesterday killed and another woman injured in Madagali.

He said separate explosions occurred in Magar village where two suicide bombers died while a female victim got injured.

According to him, the suicide bombers from Sambisa area who sneaked in to the village to carry out attacks on their targets ended up blowing themselves up, adding that a woman who was wounded in the attack was receiving medical attention.

However, residents  reported that two women each carrying Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) infiltrated Magar village and detonated the devices near a house.

The report indicated that the bombers blew themselves to pieces while another woman who was hit by shrapnel sustained injuries.

The spokesperson of the 28 Task Force Battalion in Mubi, Major Badare Akintoye, said he was attending a course in Lagos and could therefore not comment on the incident.

The explosion is coming barely a week after the insurgents abducted three young women from their farms in the area.

The area, said to be closed to Sambisa Forest, the main hide out of Boko Haram insurgents, has exposed Madagali to attacks.

Madagali is among  the seven local government areas in Adamawa State  controlled by Boko Haram between 2014 and 2015.

However, farmers in Madagali  have also decried inaccessibility of their farms to harvest their crops due to fear of being kidnapped or killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

A farmer who identified himself as Mohammed Usman, told THISDAY yesterday on a phone that although they have bumper harvest this year, but cannot harvest their crops and bring them home.

He lamented that the high rate of kidnappings and molestations by the insurgents have been a torn on their flesh, adding that the insurgents have been terrorising them when they go to their crops.

Usman further explained that most times the insurgents usually forcibly collect their farm produce from them to their hide-out.

He said the development has created fears in the minds of the farmers have been made to abandon their farms.


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