No fewer than 20 persons were, Saturday night, killed in fresh suicide bomb explosion at Abbatchari village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
But residents claimed up to 31 persons died in the attack, which also left at least 48 persons severely injured. The attack occurred at about 8:45pm.
The attack came at a time the army announced that 2,000 residents displaced by insurgency in the state had returned to their homes.
A militant leader, Babakura Kolo, said: “There were two suicide attacks and rocket-propelled grenade explosions in Damboa last night (Saturday), which killed 31 people and left several others injured.”
It was learned that the injured were taken to Damboa General Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment, while the dead have been evacuated to the morgue of the same hospital.
Confirming the attack, yesterday, Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, said 20 persons were killed.
Meanwhile, over 2,000 residents of Gudunbali in Guzamalla Local Government Area of Borno State, who ran away from their homes in the wake of Boko Haram terrorists, have returned to their ancestral homes six years after.
The development followed the successful clearance of the terrorists in the area by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, battling the insurgents in the state.
Army spokesperson, Texas Chukwu, a Brigadier-General, in a statement, yesterday, also said the feat coincided with the flag off of Operation Last Hold, Army special operation intended to finally flush out the remnants of the terrorists in northern Borno.