Two Female Suicide Bombers Attack Potiskum Market, Kill Five

By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri

As Boko Haram insurgents continued their killing orgy over the weekend, at least five persons were killed on Sunday when two female suicide bombers detonated explosive devices at the GSM market in Potiskum, Yobe State.

The casualty figure is expected to rise as many people were gravely injured in the attack.

A source at the General Hospital, Potiskum confirmed that five bodies had been deposited in the mortuary and that nearly 50 injured people had been brought in, some of them in critical condition.

The two female suicide bombers are said to have arrived at the market in the heart of the city where phone handsets and accessories are sold in a tricycle at about 3.00 pm when trading activities were in full swing.

One of them reportedly went into the market and soon detonated an explosive device while the other one who remained in the tricycle also detonated another bomb immediately, causing panic and a stampede in the market.



    Many people who sustained injury, it was gathered, actually got injured while trying to escape the ensuing commotion.

    On Saturday a police station in Potiskum had come under attack as a bomb was detonated there, killing a police inspector and one other person while injuring many others.

    The GSM market is along the Mohammed Idrissa Way in the heart of the Potiskum, which is some 97 kilometres to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

    Security personnel and officials of relief agencies were already on ground to help the injured and secure the area.

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