UPDATE: 7 dead, 48 injured in Potiskum twin suicide explosions

Seven persons died and 48 others injured when two suicide bombers struck at a market in Potiskum, Yobe State on Sunday, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

An official involved in the management of the disaster, who declined to be mentioned because he was not permitted to talk to the media, confirmed the casualty.

He said the injured victims were being treated at the General Hospital in Potiskum.

Two teenage female suicide bombers reportedly carried out the attacks.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Markus Danladi, had earlier confirmed the blasts to PREMIUM TIMES but declined to give casualty figure until after proper assessment of the scenes of the attacks.

Apart from the twin explosions at the GSM market, the Daily Trust newspaper also reported that a bomb-laden Volkswagen Golf intercepted by the police exploded and killed an inspector, and a driver while many others were injured at the Divisional Police Station in Potiskum.

Mr. Danladi, who confirmed the incident, said the policemen died on the spot.

Sunday’s attacks in Potiskum happen less than two days after gunmen, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, attacked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

The Defence Headquarters said troops engaged the attackers in a long gun battle overnight, killing many of them.

The Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, in a statement on Saturday said troops inflicted heavy casualty on the insurgents while five soldiers who were seriously wounded in the battle were receiving treatment in a military hospital.

“The terrorists had launched massive attack from different directions of the town on Friday evening, but troops were promptly mobilized to repel the attack that lasted the night resulting in heavy casualty on the terrorists before the rest of them retreated,” Mr. Olukolade said.

Yobe is one of the states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 15,000 people in northern Nigeria since 2009.


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  • amazing2012

    ……while the suppose commander in chief is campaigning for his coming back so that the killing will continue ! He is busy referong us to Israel in Egypt !

  • Tina

    Only 11 die in France and the country unites to fight. I haven’t heard any calls for amnesty yet. But Bokohari, Emirs, Shehu Sani, Tinubu etc say the Nigerian Govt should grant amnesty to the Northern Islamic terrorists.. Is Nigeria really a country? Why don’t we try disintegration like India & Pakistan? North & South Korea. Sudan & South Sudan? Why?

  • Dr L. Luggard

    WHY we need DISINTEGRATION like yesterday
    1. In 1991 a popular German evangelist called Reinhard Bonke preached successfully in Kaduna where potential suicide bombers got born again and accepted light and left darkness. Reinhard Bonke then left KD and headed for nearby Kano to hold a crusade…but immediately a prayer meeting was held at the same mosque that was bombed weeks ago and the decision was taken by the Imams to resist Reinhard’s mission. There were riots in Kano and over 11 persons died. The German born Reinhard practically fled for his life and would not been given VISA to enter Nigeria for 9 yrs that the Northen Presidents were in power. Each time he applied, he was denied…until OBJ came into power in 1999.

    Here was a man denied Visa on the basis of religion….at least he could have been given Visa and restricted to the South, East or West rather than a total ban. This is the Nigeria we call ‘our’ country.

    2. Agbani Darego won miss world in 2001. The organisers thought we are a country and scheduled the next miss world for Nigeria. But while contestants had arrived, some Imams held a meeting again…and riots broke out in Abuja and Kano…and as usual people were killed. How then are we a country?

    Pakistan and India knew they would not survive as one. They took the honourable path and both countries have prospered in their own way. Why can’t Nigeria do the same? Why can’t we break up into our real countries where all students will be admitted to schools with the same cut off marks? ….in any case, any dons who is meant to score just 2 marks to get admission where the ideal marks is 135, will certainly be a veritable agent for suicide bombing bcos he/she lacks the IQ to even appreciate the essence of living. Break up Nigeria and make Mohammed Buhari the president of Islamic Republic of Northern Nigeria so we can have peace. Enuf blood already wasted.

  • PROF

    Nothern leaders are soon to be destroyed by the gods ,as such they have made mad.

  • sharp shape

    Bokohari should be arrested immediately to face trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity ! This illiterate should be persecuted to the full extent of the law !

  • Konkolo

    Nigerians with too much noise making. A total of 19 people were killed in Paris and today, over 3 million of the people united and marched peacefully. In Nigeria, for years now, over 10 thousand have been killed by Boko Haram and all we do is keep going about our normal business which of course include NOISE MAKING. What a Country and what a People!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • orkah

    Buhari pls show us your certificates not bombs

  • Iskacountryman

    so why does it not work for the police?

  • Omo Akin

    Good job Jiti.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Brilliant analysis by an erudite counsel. The irony remains that brilliant fellows like Mr Ogunye are tainted by those advocating corruption in high and low places. Hiding the dagger under the cloak in our present state as a nation, is evil. Although I am not the spokesperson of the anti-corruption body, what they ought to have said was that “some lawyers are vultures, scavengers and thieves”. No vex Jiti, I apologise on their behalf, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Well done