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Protection given to places of worship in Mubi after attack

West & Central Africa

Protection given to places of worship in Mubi after attack

Vice President Osinbajo has ordered the protection of places of worship in Mubi following a twin suicide bomb attack – one at a mosque and the other in a market in Adamawa state.

The attack on Tuesday (2 May) killed 27 people, but local grave diggers say the number is much more than that. “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,” One of the grave diggers told AFP.

The attack has led to providing greater security in churches, mosques and markets places.

A statement by the Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, said it was obvious that worship places and markets have been the strategic target of the Islamic Boko Haram jihadist fighting to carve a caliphate and institute sharia law in the country and therefore these places need better security attention.

The vice president said the government was working hard to apprehend the criminal. Sympathizing with the over 56 other people injured by the attack, Osinbajo directed the National Emergency Management Agency supply necessary medical aid and relief materials to the victims.

Adamawa State Police information officer, Othman Abubakar, narrating the incident said the first bomb was detonated inside a mosque and shortly after, the suicide bomber detonated his device at a market selling fairly used cloths about 200 metres from the mosque.

 

Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

Image Credits/Google Images/blast in a mosque/Osinbajo/Muslim funeral

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