Gombe Blast: Only suicide bomber died — Police

A suicide bomber who detonated an explosive in Gombe on Tuesday, was the only casualty in the attack, the police have said.

The blast occurred around the Kasuwan mata area of Gombe metropolis Tuesday evening.
Witnesses had said at least three people, including the bomber, were killed in the attack. They also suggested the attack was carried out by a girl.

But speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, the Gombe police spokesperson, Fwaje Atajiri, said the bomber rode a motorcycle-laden with Improvised Explosive Devices, and was targeting worshippers observing the sunset prayer at a Mosque in the area.

“He died from the blast and his efforts were frustrated by the adequate security arrangements put in place to secure the state,” Mr. Atajiri said.

The Police spokesperson also said security personnel who arrived the venue of the blast were attacked by hoodlums who threw stones at them.

“They were trying to stop officers from cordoning off the area and some of them began to break into peoples’ shops to steal, we had to use minimum force to disperse them,” he said.

The attack followed a series of bombings in Gombe State, carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants.


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  • Aladura


    “With the world’s gaze focused on Paris last week, militants from Boko
    Haram destroyed the town of Baga and several neighboring villages in
    northern Nigeria, killing up to 2,000 people and displacing thousands more.

    On Saturday, at least another 16 people were killed when extremists strapped
    a bomb to a girl who may have been as young as 10 and then detonated it
    in a crowded marketplace.

    You’d expect Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to condemn the
    carnage inside his country, particularly after he called last week’s
    massacre at a French satirical newspaper a “dastardly terrorist attack.”
    But you’d be wrong: Jonathan has yet to acknowledge that any of the
    Boko Haram attacks even took place.”

    ……………….Siobhán O’Grady
    [January 14, 2015]

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