5 killed,7 injured in Gombe twin bomb blasts

Five people were killed and seven others injured in a twin bomb blast in Gombe metropolis on Sunday afternoon.

An eyewitness said one of the explosions was at the entrance of the old market at the central roundabouts which killed the conveyors, a male and a female who were on a motorcycle.

The bomb believed to have been hidden in the passenger’s food flask went off as they turned to leave the gate of the market and did not injure anyone.

They were denied entry into the fenced market for refusing to be screened at the gate.

The angry mob at the scene immediately swooped on their carcases and set them ablaze alongside their motorcycle.

The other explosion occurred at Kasuwa Katako (timber market) a few minutes after that of the roundabouts which is about two kilometres distance, killing three people and leaving seven injured.

“Nobody could explain how it happened because everyone was concentrating on their various activities when all of a sudden we heard a loud explosion,” said an eyewitness.

The explosion occurred at a recharge cards and a food vendor’s stand located at the corner of the market.

The scene is just about 100 metres from a joint security force check point which is not too far from the 301 Artillery Regiment Quarter Guard, scene of the first ever suicide bombing in Gombe state.

A Gombe Specialist Hospital source said one of the injured victims whole was buying a recharge card at the time of the explosion is a military personnel recently deployed to the state.

Gombe State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Fwaje Atajiri advised residents of the state to exercise caution.

He also confirmed that the Police had imposed a ban on the use of motorcycles in Gombe from Sunday evening to 4th February.

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