20 Killed In Bauchi ..See Severed Head Of Suicide Bomber..(Viewers Discretion Advised)

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20 persons were feared dead and 56 others injured when a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at an ICT market in Azare, Bauchi State, on Sunday.

Confirming the incident, the Bauchi Police Public Relations Officer, however, said he was yet to ascertain the number of casualties, but those who were injured had been rushed to hospitals.

Also an eyewitness told AFP: “A suicide bomber came into the market as it was closing and blew herself up in the middle of all the merchants and their customers.”

“I saw at least eight dead and lots of others wounded,” another witness, Aliyu Habib, told AFP.

The blast, checks revealed, occurred at 5.30 pm at the market in the town, known as Kasuwan Jagol, where people, particularly young men, sell and repair handsets and other IT accessories. The market is attached to the stadium at Unguwan Gabas.

A resident Babale Musa, who spoke on the phone, said the explosion was devastating as Sunday is market day in Azare, which is the commercial nerve centre of the northern part of Bauchi State.

According to him, many people were injured in the incident, adding that the injured were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in the town.

“It is unfortunate, this is the third time a bomb has been detonated in Azare in one month. Just penultimate Friday, there was an explosion at the ATM in First Bank of Nigeria Plc premises. Today again we experienced another one,” Musa said

Also speaking, the lawmaker representing Azare/Madagali in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Baba Abubakar Suleiman, stated that though he was out of town, hospital sources informed him that 12 people died in the incident, while 46 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Suleiman, while lamenting that the explosion was the third to occur in the town in a month, expressed surprised that this was happening to Azare now, saying that despite the various check points leading into the town, bombers still found their way into the town to carry out their attacks.

He called on the federal government to intervene and end the insurgency in the North-east.

Efforts to get the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, proved abortive at the time of filing this report.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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