12 Killed In Terrorist Attacks In Gombe, Potiskum

As the dust of the terrorist attack on Maiduguri settled on Sunday, Boko Haram fighters launched attacks on Potiskum in Yobe State and Gombe, capital of Gombe State, killing at least a dozen people.

In Potiskum, six persons were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram sect launched an attack on the home of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representatives candidate in the forthcoming election.

Sabo Garbu, the PDP candidate for the House of Reps Potiskum/Nangere federal constituency election was said to be having a meeting in his house, located opposite the Federal Government College, Potiskum, when it was attacked at about 12.30 pm on Sunday.

A suicide bomber is said to have detonated a bomb in front of the politician’s home when he could not gain entrance, in the process killing six persons and injuring many others.

In Gombe, two suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices, IEDs, at five minute intervals, in two different markets in the city, killing six persons, including the terrorists.

The first explosion went off at the entrance of the old Gombe Market at about 2:50 pm while the second occurred about five minutes later at the Timber Market behind the 301 Artillery Regiment Quarter Guard of the Nigerian Army.

At the old Gombe Market, a man and a woman on a commercial motorcycle were said to have detonated a bomb after they were denied entry into the market. The duo had refused to be searched and had returned to their motorcycle but were followed by one of the market guards who wanted to know why they refused to pass through security check

While they were being questioned, the woman reportedly detonated the bomb which was hidden in a food flask.

The two suicide bombers died in the explosion while the guard and others were injured.

The second blast at the Timber Market, about a kilometre from the first attack, a kiosk owner, a food vendor and a passer-by were reportedly killed when a bomb went off at the entrance of the market, just by a military check point.



    It is not known if the market or the military check point was the target of the attack, but a soldier and other passers-by sustained some injuries.

    Following the attacks on Sunday, the police in Gombe State have banned the use motorcycles in Damaturu ostensibly in preparation for the presidential campaigns of President Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari of the PDP and All Progressice Congress, APC, respectively.

    While the President is expected in Damatturu on Monday, Buhari will arrive the Gombe State capital on Tuesday.

    The spokesman of the Gombe State police command, Fwaje Atajiri, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, announced the ban on commercial motorcycles and confirmed the terrorist attacks in the city.


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