Three policemen killed by blast in Nigeria’s Damaturu

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Bomb goes off at checkpoint in Yobe State capital, killing eight people including three policemen

By Olarewaju Kola

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – At least eight people were killed ­– including three policemen – by a bomb that went off late on Monday at a security checkpoint in Damaturu, provincial capital of Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe State, according to local police officials.

Toyin Gbadegesin, police public relations officer in Yobe State, told journalists that “three policemen and five suspected [Boko Haram] insurgents” had been killed in the blast.

The explosion, he said, had occurred at about 11 am local time Monday and had left two other security personnel injured.

Two bomb-laden cars were stopped by police at the checkpoint, which is located on Damaturu’s outskirts, the official said. 

“While police were calling for reinforcements, terrorists in one of the vehicles detonated the bombs, killing five people, including the bombers,” he added. “Three more died later in the hospital.”

The incident comes barely one day after newly-appointed army chief Major-General Tukur Buratai vowed to take the fight against Boko Haram to the group’s strongholds. 

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