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Police confirm 18 killeddead; as 45 victims of Boko Haram bomb attack in Konduga are evacuated to Maiduguri hospital

Following Police confirmation of 16 deaths on Tuesday after multiple market suicide bomb blasts by Boko Haram in Borno, about 45 of the 82 victims of the attack in Konduga, have been transferred from General Hospital, Konduga to State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

A doctor at the general hospital, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that 17 people were brought in dead to the facility.

The doctor said three others died at a hospital in Maiduguri.

“Initially, 17 persons and three suicide bombers were killed at the scene of the attack, while three others, including a child, died at the hospital in Maiduguri.

“We are providing treatment to the victims admitted in the hospital while those with serious cases were referred to Maiduguri,” the doctor said.

Malam Abdullahi Danbatta, the Head of Rescue Team, State Emergency Management Agency, said the agency’s team evacuated three bodies from the hospital in Maiduguri to Konduga.

Danbatta added that the team evacuated more than 40 people with serious injuries to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

The Commissioner of Police in Borno, Mr Damian Chukwu, had confirmed 16 dead and 82 injured in the attack.

Chukwu said the police had visited and rendered the scene and vicinity of the attack safe and restored normalcy in the area.

Tuesday’s attack occurred two days after Boko Haram insurgents sacked a nearby village, Wanori-Amarwa, killed four persons and maimed two others.

Konduga is one of the towns liberated by the military from the Boko Haram insurgents.

Following the military action, thousands of displaced persons who took refuge at various camps returned to their homes in the area.

The town is 25km from Maiduguri and has a population of more than 20, 000.

Meanwhile, Mr. Buana Makinta, a relation of one of the victims, expressed concern over the alleged lack of medications at the regional hospital.

Makinta alleged that the patients were not provided medications many hours after they were admitted at the hospital.

“The medical personnel are handicapped; they only washed the blood and applied bondage to the wounds.

“None of the victims is provided medications due to lack of drugs at the hospital,’’ Makinta alleged.

Recall that the Nigerian Police Force confirmed that sixteen (16) people were killed while eighty-two (82) were injured in multiple suicide attacks at Mini Motor park/market at Konduga town.

The Borno state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu while confirming the deaths through sms to newsmen in Maiduguri on Wednesday said, “On 15/08/17 at about 1730 hours, Two female suicide bombers & a male counterpart approached a Mini Motor park/market at Konduga town, the  HQ of Konduga LGA.

They all detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and Sixteen others while about Eighty Two persons were injured,”

“Victims were evacuated to State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri for treatment.

“EOD/Police teams visited and rendered the scene & vicinity safe. Normalcy is restored

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