The Police in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, say eight people were killed in the Damaturu Police checkpoint bombing that was carried out by suspected members of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the death toll in Damaturu, said that three policemen and five suspected members of the sect died during the explosion which occurred around 11: 00 AM Monday.

He also said that two more security personnel were at the Damaturu Specialist Hospital receiving treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yobe Command, Mr. Toyin Gbadegesin, said that two cars suspected to be carrying explosive devices were apprehended and in the process of looking for enforcement to convey the suspects to the State Police Command, the suspected terrorists triggered the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) which killed five people on the spot while three more died later in the hospital.

The Police PRO said that men of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the State Police Command were deployed to diffuse more IED discovered at the scene.

He called on the people of the state to be watchful as the terrorists seem to be on rampage over the past days.

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