A Cameroonian official Mr Midjiyawa Bakary has cleared the air on the explosion that rocked a bridge in Gamboru, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon Republic located at Ngala local government area of Borno state.
He confirmed the attack in a telephone conversation with journalists.
He said,” It was not Boko Haram but old Iran grenade that exploded and suddenly killed many people”.
He said the explosion on the El Beid Bridge at the crowded Gamboru market on Monday said only nine people died as against 30 reported in the media.
He dismissed reports that it was a suicide attack by Boko Haram insurgents.
He said: “It is an accidental grenade explosion. The blast reportedly occurred around 5pm in the Nigerian border town.”
Explaining how it happened, he said, “some children playing on the Nigerian side of the El Beid bridge found the grenade and as they were talking about what to do with it, it exploded.
“There is a local market there and many people were crossing the bridge at the time of the blast.
‘The nine people who died are all Nigerians while five of the 26 injured are Cameroonians, “he said.