Not less than 6 people have been killed, and over 28 injured on Tuesday, after a young female suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside the main bus station in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damaturu.
The Director of Media and Publicity to Yobe State governor, Abdullahi Bego, who confirmed the explosion, said, “There was a suicide bombing in Damaturu, this morning where five people were killed from the explosion with more than 20 other victims injured,”
“The dead have been evacuated to a mortuary while the injured victims are currently being attended to by health and emergency workers,” Abdullahi Bego added.
Also confirming the incident to AFP, a witness, Sani Dankamasho said, “A young girl came around at 7:00 am and wanted to enter the bus station. She was denied entry because she refused to be searched by the security guards at the entrance,
“She stepped out of the park. A private taxi then drove out of the park. As soon as the car came close, she detonated the explosive. Six people in the car were killed. She was also killed,” he said.
Newsmen who also arrived the scene immediately after the explosion, confirmed that 6 people were killed.
It is important to note that the suicide bombing attack this morning brings the total number of attacks in the state to three in the space of five weeks.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility but Boko Haram Islamists have in the past months used young women to carry out bloody suicide attacks in the restive northeast of the country.