At least 10 people were reportedly killed in Adamawa State on Friday in a suicide bomb attack at a busy local market in Gombi town of northern part of the state, locals and security sources confirmed.
Residents said several people were also injured when a teenage suicide bomber struck at busy market.
Gombi was recently recaptured from Boko Haram.
A Red Cross official in the state, Maikano Abdullahi, said, “Eight persons were confirmed dead, while 25 others were injured.”
A trader, who said he narrowly escaped death, Adamu Gombi, said the attack occurred in the early afternoon.
“It was around 12 noon, while we were busy trading at Kasuwar Buhu, a teenage boy detonated the bomb, killing himself and several others.
“As I am talking to you now, many lives were lost. I saw about ten corpses and those injured are being evacuated to hospitals,” he said.
According to him, during the ensuing confusion and stampede, many people lost their money and other valuables to pilferers.
“I saw people lying in the pool of their blood. I saw over five died bodies. There should be more security in areas recaptured from the insurgents, else it’s like starting the fight all over again,” a female trader, Grace David, told aREMIUM TIMES.
Friday’s attack was not the first in the area, recently liberated from the insurgents.
The Adamawa State Police Command spokesman, Othman Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the incident, but did not give casualty details.
The state commissioner of Information, Ahmad Sajoh, called on residents to remain calm, assuring that security operatives were on the top of the situation.
He said the state government would pay the medical bills of the affected victims.
“It’s unfortunate, but security operatives are on top of the situation, people should be vigilant.
“The state government will foot the medical bills of the affected victims,” said Mr. Sajoh.