Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, has confirmed that 10 persons were killed in the bomb blast that rocked Maiduguri, the state capital, on Tuesday.
He also disclosed that 47 persons were injured as a result of the blast.
He disclosed this in a statement after visiting the victims at the State Specialist Hospital, and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, both in Maiduguri, on Tuesday.
Governor Zulum described the incident as a “sad moment” for the Borno people, noting that the attack is a new trend that must be stopped.
He directed the state ministry of health to shoulder the bills of the victims being treated in hospitals.
He added that there is a need to deploy appropriate technology in tackling the problem.
The statement read: “Indeed it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state, about 60 persons were affected, among them, 10 have died. It was as a result of long-distance shots fired by the insurgents.
“I believe this is a new trend we have to raise up and stop. We experienced a similar incident exactly one year ago. The solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which will have to work on.
“I share the pains of all those affected but we are not just visiting hospitals, we do so much behind the scene in our combined responses to the Boko Haram insurgency and we will keep making these and more efforts.”
Boko Haram terrorists fired Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) from Kaleri, outskirts of Maiduguri. The grenades, however, hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the state’s capital city.
Nine of the casualties were boys who were playing football at a field in Gwange, near the house of late General Mamman Shuwa.