Although, no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, an eyewitness accounts, however, suggest that the bomb was primed by suspected members of Boko Haram to ambush and kill local hunters and military personnel that were detailed to fortify the town from further attacks.
He said the explosion was timed by the perpetrators and exploded as soon as the hunters and military personnel arrived the scene of the blast which resulted to the death of five military personnel and a local hunter on the spot.
According to the eyewitness, the scene of the blast was a busy area where the returning residents after the recapture of Mubi, gather to do business transaction.
A Resident of the affected area, Mallam Usman, said the explosive might have been planted by members of the Boko Haram on the eve of the day the blast occurred adding that because the perpetrators knew that the scene of the blast was where the soldiers and the hunters unusually gathered in the morning to strategise on their next point of action.
According to him, the military has also converted the venue of the blast to a check point, since
there is always heavy presence of people at the spot most of the times.
“My house is some meters away from the scene of the incident. I stood outside my compound watching the suburb and all of a sudden, I heard a loud bang which shook the entire surroundings”, he claimed.
“The few people that were returning to the area started fleeing and the area was immediately cordoned off by the military”, he maintained.
The explosion prompted the military authorities to declare the area “no go area” and advised returning villagers and passersby to be extra cautious along the routes.
The authorities also cautioned the people to be wary of strange objects and polythene bags within their reach, advising that they might be explosives fashioned out to look attractive to unknown victims.
Meanwhile, hundreds of local hunters keeping vigil with the military in the recovered areas of Adamawa State from the insurgents have vowed to ensure that the sects are completely chased out or eliminated.
The hunters, who were returning to the recaptured areas of Mubi and its environs, told newsmen on Thursday in Yola that their major pre-occupation now is to ensure that the area is completely secured for the inhabitants to return to their homes.
The leader of the hunters, Young Moris, pledged that they will do all it could to ensure that Michika and Madagali are equally cleansed of the
On the constraints faced by the group, Moris lamented that in spite their personal sacrifices to their motherland, state government’s gesture is not enough, especially in the area of mobility and feeding and advised politicians on the corridor of power to stop sabotaging the efforts of government as well as playing politics with the insurgents.