Another suicide bomber kills 5 in Potiskum


A suicide bomber, who disguised as a commuter in a motor park in Potiskum, Yobe State’s commercial nerve-centre has detonated explosive devices, killing at least five people and injuring 35.

The bomber reportedly boarded a Golf car at Bu­lala Motor Park along Jos Road in the town yesterday at about 9.45a.m. “He pre­tended as if he was a pas­senger and boarded a com­mercial car,” a resident told Daily Sun on phone.

He said the suicide bomber boarded the car while the commercial driv­er was a few metres away calling passengers. “The bomb just went off from the bomber in the car. The bomber and five others died,” he said.

Sources at the Potiskum General Hospital con­firmed that five dead bodies were deposited at the hos­pital mortuary, adding that 36 injured persons were admitted.

“Nine out of these in­jured person have been referred to Federal Medi­cal Centre, Azare (Bauchi State) for further treat­ment,” another source added.

The source said some of the injured persons, who did not sustain severe in­juries might be discharged soon. There were no reac­tions from either the police or military task force in the state at press time.

Boko Haram has inten­sified bomb attacks on Potiskum, about 120 kilo­metres from Damaturu, the Yobe capital this year. Re­cently, two female suicide bombers detonated ex­plosive devices at a GSM accessories market in the town, killing no fewer than seven people.

A blast in a police sta­tion suspected to have been embedded in a car by a Boko Haram bomber also killed two policemen few hours after the driver of the bomb-laden car was apprehended by the police.