Suicide Bombing in Nigeria: Few Dead, Many Injured
A night-time suicide bombing in Nigeria has killed 32 people, and left 80 injured at a truck stop. The blast breaks the 3-week hiatus of bombings after consecutive suicide attacks.
According to Deputy Superintendent Othman Abubakar, the police spokesman for Adamawa state, most of the victims were vendors, bystanders, and passers-by.
The attack on Nigeria comes after the attack on Paris and after the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the area where he declared they are close to defeating Boko Haram.
Aliyu Maikano, a Red Cross official, said, “The explosion happened in the midst of a large crowd because the area houses a livestock market, an open-air eatery and a mosque. Our main preoccupation now is to save the injured… the police are still combing the area for more victims because the area was in darkness when the explosion occurred.”
While nobody claimed responsibility for the bombing incident, it bears the hallmarks of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram which killed many people over the last few years in its aim to create a state that adheres to the strict Sharia law.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), relatives of those who are affected by the blast have thronged the morgue after visiting the hospital emergency department and couldn’t locate their relatives.
One of them said, “Since I did not see my brother who was selling sugar cane at the incident, I have no option but to come to the mortuary.”
While another relative said that he checked wards in various specialists’ hospital and the Federal medical Centere, Yola, prior to visiting the morgue to make sure that his brother isn’t among the dead.
According to Dr. Bala, the Chief Medical Director, they’ve received a total of 29 bodies from the blast incident.
“We also have 30 people on admission with various degrees of injury; I believe by now some of those injured are stable. We are now about to take our rounds and make some discharges,” he added.
There were 6 women and 8 children among the dead, he said.
The Public Relations Officer of Yola Federal Medical Centre, Malam Adamu Dodo, said that there were about 41 victims taken to the hospital, which includes 4 dead bodies.
The latest blast in Nigeria is the first this month which indicates that their strategy of cutting off the Islamists’ supply lines and target their camps were working.