5 killed, 36 injured in Yobe suicide bombing

Another suicide bombing at a bus station in Potiskum, the commercial nerve centre of Yobe State, has killed five persons and injured 36 others, a hospital source has revealed.

Speaking on the phone to ThisDay from Potiskum, a member of staff of the General Hospital in the town said of the 41 persons brought to the hospital, five were dead and 36 others are injured.

He said the death toll might rise, as some of the injured were struggling to stay alive. “Some of them are brutally injured,” he explained.

He also revealed that nine persons had been referred to the Federal Medical Centres in Azare, Bauchi State and Nguru in Yobe State.

It was gathered that the suicide mission was carried out by a bomber disguised as a passenger at the Bulala bus park in the town yesterday.
Investigations revealed that the suicide bomber and four others died instantly as a result of the blast.

A bus park source, Adamu Yusuf, said the suicide bomber sneaked into the Bulala park adjacent to Fika junction along the Bauchi-Jos Road.
“He pretended to be a passenger and detonated the explosive devices killing himself and four others on the spot.

“The explosion went off around 9.50am on Sunday (yesterday) at the Bulala park close to Ibal filling station along Jos Road. As I speak, we counted five dead bodies but so many others are lying critically injured and are being conveyed to the nearby hospital in Potiskum for immediate medical attention,” Yusuf said. 

Sunday’s blast was the third in the space of three weeks in Potiskum.

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