Explosion at Northeast Nigeria Bus Station Leaves Seven DeadAudu Bwakan and Michael Olukayode
A bomb blast at a bus station in Gombe, northeastern Nigeria, left at least seven people dead and 15 wounded late on Thursday, according to an emergency worker and a resident.
The explosion happened just before 9 p.m. at the Bauchi motor park in Gombe state, resident Abdul Ibrahim said by phone. Ibrahim said he counted seven bodies. Rescue workers were on the scene when he visited the site of the blast and saw the victims, he said.
Search and rescue workers “evacuated five corpses” and “15 people that sustained injuries” were taken to hospital for treatment, Saidu Minin, head of the National Emergency Management Agency, said by phone from the city.
Police spokesman Fwaje Atajiri didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone. Gombe state is one of the regions hardest hit by attacks from Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Muhammadu Buhari, who was named winner of Nigeria’s presidency this week, pledged to “rid this nation of terror” in a speech on April 1.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sin” in the local Hausa language, has killed more than 13,000 people in a six-year insurgency, according to government estimates. The group has killed killed at least 1,000 people this year, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.