12-Year-old Boy Killed In Borno Bomb Blast

People walk at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria January 17, 2017. MSF/Handout via Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, (THEWILL) – A 12-year-old Fulani cattle breeder was killed in a bomb blast at Muna Delti area of Jere local government council of Borno state on Saturday.

A witness, Grema Bana, said that the incident occurred at about 4:45pm at one of the pastoralist hamlets in the area.

Bana said that the deceased and his brother were returning home after taking out the cattle to a nearby forest for grazing.

According to him, an improvised explosive device (IED) was said to have been strapped to one of the boys by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

“The bomb detonated at the entrance of the boys’ residence. One of them was killed and the other sustained serious injuries,” he said.

“The wounded boy was referred to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri for medical attention.”

A competent source at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the incident to NAN.

The source said that only the two boys were affected in the blast adding that the agency had deployed emergency rapid response team to evacuate the dead and provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.

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