5 dead in bus station explosion

The explosion, which also left 15 people injured, occurred on Thursday, April 2, in the Tashan, Bauchi area of the state.

Car burns following a bomb blast in Abuja on 1 May 2014

At least five people have died in Gombe State after a bomb went off at a bus station, reports say.

The explosion, which also reportedly left 15 people injured, occurred on Thursday, April 2, in the Tashan, Bauchi area of the state.

“We had an explosion outside the motor park (bus station) this evening around 8:30 pm (1930 GMT) which killed five people and injured 15 others,” Muhammad Garkuwa, an official of the local drivers’ union told AFP.

“The explosion was from an explosive left by a woman in her handbag beside a bus waiting to convey passengers to Jos,” he added.

“No-one suspected her,” a food seller, Yusuf Darazo, said referring to the woman who left the explosive device behind.

“People around assumed she was making calls before the bus filled up. As she was talking in the phone she moved away from the bus towards a row of kiosks, as if she wanted to buy something, leaving her bag where she was standing,” he added.

“She disappeared and the bag exploded soon after, setting the bus on fire. I saw five dead and several injured,” Darazo said.

The attack is believed to be the work of Boko Haram which also attacked residents during elections after warning them not to vote.

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