Explosion, gunfire rock Potiskum

Reports reaching us from Potiskum in Yobe state say the largest cattle market in the area has come under heavy attack from an unidentified group of attackers suspected to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The attack started at about 5.45 p.m. and did not cease untill about 6.30 p.m., eyewitnesses say.

The attack is believed to be a reprisal by the group, which member recently died from machete cuts inflicted on him by some cattle traders who stopped his bid to steal a cow.

Earlier on Wednesday, some gunmen had attacked the market, snatching a dealer’s money and one cow. But luck ran out of them as they were apprehended by the cattle traders.
One of the robbers was beheaded and burnt to ashes immediately while another remained in the traders’ custody.

Later that evening, the market came under heavy gun attack minutes after explosion rocked a part of it.

Witnesses say six people were killed in the attacks. But when contacted, the office of the Yobe state commissioner of police in Damaturu said they were not aware of the incident.
Both Potiskum and Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, have consistently come under the attack of the Boko Haram sect since the beginning of the year.
Banks and bullion vans, churches and police stations have been their major targets.

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