50 die in Gombe market bombings

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Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade

No fewer than 50 people were killed and many others

injured when two bombs went off in Gombe central market,

where customers were making last-minute Ramadan

shopping on Thursday evening.

An eyewitness, Mallam Ibrahim Mohammed, who sells

oranges in the market, told newsmen that the first bomb

went off at exactly 5:20pm with the second exploding a few

metres away from where the first went off.

Narrating his experience amid tears, the distraught young

man said he saw about 50 dead bodies.

A member of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, who pleaded

anonymity, said he counted about 48 dead bodies and that

the corpses were deposited at the mortuary of the Specialist

Hospital and Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kudu Nma,

confirmed the incident.

He said, “There was a bomb blast. The (bomber) was either

on a suicide mission or (may be) the bombs were kept

somewhere with the view to causing panic and

apprehension to people.”

According to him, the bomb exploded at the Sabon Layi

footwear market.

“People were busy shopping in preparation for the Sallah

festival. The casualties are yet to be ascertained. As you

can see, people are busy working, trying to save lives; for

now we cannot tell you the number of casualties,” the police

commissioner said.

He said the police had condoned off the place to avoid

looting, adding that relative calm had returned to the area.

Nma called on the public to be vigilant and report any

suspicious movement to security agents.


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