A suicide bomber on Sunday, February 22, detonated an explosive device at the GSM market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Potiskum, Yobe state, killing 8 and injuring 42 people.
Reportedly, the suicide bomber, suspected to be a Boko Haram member, was a young girl from 7 to 10 years old.
According to the Eagle Online, the female suicide bomber struck at about 1:20pm when the market was in full swing.
A witness said that the lady, who was said to be about eight years old, refused to be checked at the gate to the Kasuwan Jagwal market. After an argument with the market security guards, she detonated the explosive hidden within her.
According to the Leadership, a member of the GSM market association, Isa Adamu Isa, said that he saw several corpses which were later evacuated to the Potiskum General Hospital. Other wounded victims had been referred to Federal Medical Centre, Nguru, and Azare in Bauchi State, for medical attention.
“We were at the general hospital to assist the hospital management and count the dead bodies. In fact, I saw eight dead bodies and many ambulance vehicles bringing in victims of the blast; 42 were injured,” he said.
Police Public Relations Officer, Yobe command ASP, Toyin Gbadegesin, said: "I can confirm to you that there is a blast at the Kasuwan Jagwal market (GSM market) in Potiskum where it happened last month."
Later a source from the Potiskum Division Police confirmed the casualty figures.
Several days ago, another suicide bomber has attacked a restaurant along Damaturu road of Potiskum town, Yobe State, north east Nigeria and killed 3 people. Over a week ago, no fewer than 16 people have been killed in an explosion that rocked a motor park, Bayan Tasha, located near a market in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.
Last month, the GSM market was attacked by a female suicide bomber where seven people lost their lives.