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Again, Female Suicide Bomber Attacks Potiskum Market
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
In what now looks like a trend, a female suicide bomber again attacked the GSM market in Potiskum, Yobe State on Sunday, this time killing five people and injuring scores of others, some of them critically.
Two female suicide bombers had struck in the same market where phones and accessories are sold on January 11, killing about 20 persons and injuring many others.
In the latest attack, the lone female suicide bomber was said to have been accosted at the entrance of the market where security had been beefed up after the January incident but while she was being questioned she set off the explosives which were strapped to her body.
The incident occurred at about 1.00pm at the height of business activities in the market
The dead and the injured have been taken to the Potiskum General Hospital, where a member of staff confirmed that five persons were brought in dead while 46 others were receiving treatment for varying degrees of injuries.
Some of the injured were said to have been in critical condition and might have to be referred to other hospitals for treatment.
The Yobe State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Toyin Gbadegesin, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, confirmed the incident to journalists but said that he had not been briefed about the details.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that there is a blast at the Kasuwan Jagwal market (GSM market) in Potiskum where it happened last month but how it happened and the casualty figure are not been known,” the police spokesman said to reporters on the phone.
The use of female suicide bombers by Boko Haram insurgents is becoming commonplace as they have been used to carry out attacks in Potiskum and Damatturu in Yobe State as well as Maiduguri in Borno State.