Nigerian police confirm 53 deaths in bomb attacks

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Damaturu- Nigeria's Commissioner of Police in northeast Yobe State, Sulemon Usman, has confirmed the death of 53 people comprising of 17 security agents and 36 civilians in the bomb attacks that hit Damaturu on Friday.

The commissioner said bomb explosives, rocket launchers and guns were used in the attack on security outfits, personnel and other public buildings on Friday. Armed bombers attacked and destroyed the police headquarters, Anti- terrorist squad base, First bank, Secretariat complex and some churches among others in Damaturu.

He said the security personnel had also killed seven of the attackers while four other security men that sustained injuries were receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, more soldiers have been deployed to reinforce security in the state capital just as the government had imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time to curtail movement.

The commissioner appealed to the people to cooperate with the security agents and shun acts inimical to peaceful coexistence.