Female suicide bomber kills five and 46 injured in Potiskum, Yobe state


Report gathered on sunday that, a female suicide bomber attacked the GSM market in Potiskum, Yobe State, leaving five people dead and 46 others injured.

A mobile phone seller at the market, Adamu Yahaya, told newsmen on the telephone that a female suicide bomber hit the entrance to the GSM market, located in the heart of Potiskum town, around 1.15 pm.

He said, “We saw the girl and we became suspicious of her movement and when one of us tried to whisk her away, the bomb went off killing both of them and three others while several others sustained injuries. Those injured have been taken to the General Hospital, Potiskum.”

A medical worker told newsmen on the telephone that five corpses from the attack were deposited at the morgue of the hospital and 46 persons that were injured were brought in for treatment.

When the worker, who is a medical doctor, spoke to one of our correspondents at about 3pm on Sunday, he said, “Some of those injured have minor injuries but some may need to be referred to a bigger hospital outside the state as their injuries were serious.”

The source did not rule out a rise in the death figure, insisting that some of the injured persons were hanging to life.

“I pray that they will be able to make it as their situation is very serious,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the incident on the telephone to journalists, said he had yet to be furnished with details of the blast.

He, however, promised to make the number of casualties known to the press immediately it was made available to him.

Gbadegesin said, “Yes, I can confirm to you that there is a blast at the Kasuwan Jagwal market (GSM market) in Potiskum where it happened last month but how it happened and the casualty figure are not known.”

Suicide bombing has become rampant in Potiskum, the commercial town of Yobe State.


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