GOMBE STATE NEWS – NO fewer than 20 people lost their lives with 25 others sustaining various degrees of injuries in yesterday’s bomb blast at Dukku motor park in Gombe.
An Eyewitnesses by name said that they saw a female suicide bomber carried out the act as a fully loaded bus was about to depart. The bomb was planted near the bus, filled with passengers, said Mato Yakubu of the National Orientation Agency.
After the bomb hs esploded, the Red Cross had evacuated 20 dead bodies.
Malam Abubakar Yakubu, Secretary of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Gombe State branch, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe that members of the society evacuated 20 identified dead bodies and deposited at the Gombe Specialist Hospital mortuary.
He said the 18 that sustained injuries were admitted at the specialist hospital and at the Musaba Clinic.
Abubakar Yakubu said his staff sent 20 body bags to the scene and “they have all been exhausted. We are still looking for more bodies in the carnage,” he told AFP.
Another Malam Ibrahim Mamuda, an eye witness and driver at the park, said the bomb exploded around 11 a.m. According to him, the bomb exploded in a Volkswagen Sharon car and before they realized what was happening, two cars were also burnt.
His words: “We started seeing human parts and blood everywhere, as you can see, there is blood everywhere.”
Gombe was hit by a triple bombing blamed on the Islamists on October 31. The state shares a border with Borno and Yobe, two of the states worst affected by Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency which has cost more than 13,000 lives.
Boko Haram gunmen stormed Geidam in Yobe on Sunday, setting fire to several buildings and forcing residents to flee to the bush, witnesses said.
In Bauchi 10 people were killed yesterday evening in a blast that occurred at the ever-busy Central Market in Bauchi with scores sustaining serious injuries.