29 People Die In Gombe ,Bauchi Suicide Bomb Attack

At least 29 people were   killed and more than 65 others wounded on Monday   in two separate attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on the capitals of Gombe and Bauchi states.
The Gombe State attack was   by a female bomber who struck at the Dukku Motor Park in Gombe. She killed 19 and left 40 others injured at about 10.58am.
Almost five hours and 28 minutes after, another insurgent   detonated a bomb hidden in a shop at the ever-busy Central Market in Bauchi.
It could not be ascertained if the bomber was a male or a female.
The Gombe bomber was said to have disguised as a passenger carrying her lethal weapon hidden   in a sack .
Eyewitness said she   detonated the explosive   near a bus   loaded with passengers.
“The bomber chose her   target carefully. She probably was standing by and observing   when some of   the buses in the park were fully loaded before setting off the bomb.”
The witness, who said that two buses were completely burnt, added that majority of the victims were passengers and   hawkers .
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command,   Fwaji Atajri,   and the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed   the death of 19 people .
While Atajri said 25 were injured, NEMA, in a statement   by its Information Officer, Manzo Ezekiel, gave 39 as the figure.
The PPRO said that         the injured were being treated at the Gombe Specialist Hospital.
The statement by Ezekiel read, “Following the explosion in Dukku Motor Park in Gombe on Monday, the NEMA-led rescue operations evacuated all persons affected by the incident to the hospital while the area has been cordoned off.
“Most of those evacuated were taken to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital where they are now receiving treatment from injuries sustained in the explosion.”
At about 5.28pm on Monday, another bomber struck   at the Central Market in Bauchi  when traders were preparing to close for the day.
When The PUNCH correspondent in the state visited the scene,   tension was high as some   angry youths   ordered journalists   to leave   or be attacked .
Gunshots were fired by security agencies at the scene to scare away the youths but they   responded   with stones and other dangerous objects.
An eyewitness,   Mu’azu Musa, said   he saw bodies of the victims   being evacuated from the scene of the blast.
Musa, a commercial motorcyclist, added that he found himself in the hospital after losing consciousness on seeing the charred bodies of the victims.
At the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, one of our correspondents   saw injured victims     taken there by Red Cross officials.
The Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Council of the hospital, Saidu Kadas, told journalists that the actual casualty figure   could not be ascertained   as more victims were being brought in.
Also,   the Chairman of the ATBUTH branch of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Mr. Idris Ado, said that striking health workers   had been called upon to report for work on Tuesday(today) to   help in treating   the wounded victims.
Governor Isa Yuguda, in a statement, condemned   the blast   as most unfortunate and barbaric.
The governor, according to the statement   by his Chief Press Secretary,   Ishola Adeyemi, said those behind the attack were   cowards.
He told the people that   his administration would not relent in its efforts to ensure that their lives and property   were protected .


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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