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Explosion Kills 40 In Gombe Bus Terminal
About 40 persons were killed on Friday when suspected Boko Haram insurgents detonated a bomb the at a bus terminus run by the Gombe State Transport Company popularly known as Gombe Line.
The blast occurred at about 9.00 am on Friday when the bus terminus was full of passengers traveling out of the state capital.
It was gathered that three men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists had driven and parked a Volskswagen Sharon vehicle into the bus station and that their movement raised suspicions among some drivers.
However, before they could be accosted, the bomb exploded killing scores and injuring many people, most of them passengers.
Both the corpses of the dead and the injured had been moved to different hospitals at the time of filing this report just as the scene of the blast had been cordoned off by the police and taken over by security personnell.
Addressing journalists at the scene of the blast, the state commissioner of police, Kudu Nma, said it was unfortunate that such a thing occurred in the state which has always enjoyed peace.
The police chief could not give figures of the number of those who died or got injured in the attack.He, however, confirmed the arrest of three persons suspected have masterminded the attack. They were said to have sneaked into the park in a Volkswagen Sharon bus with the inscription Yobe Line on it.
A mortuary attendant with the Gombe Specialist Hospital confirmed that 23 corpses were brought in from the scene of the blast. Also, at the Federal Teaching hospital, it was gathered that a corpse was deposited.
One of the survivours, Joshua Aminu, who spoke to journalists in Hausa, said he had already boarded a vehicle to Kano, when he heard a loud explosion.