At least 22 killed and 200 were injured as a suicide bomber attacked bus in Potiskum, Yobe State, on Tuesday, February 24.
The SaharaReporters informs that according to the latest reports the death toll has risen to 22 casualties. And more than 200 injured people have been brought to the hospital, hospital workers said.
According to the PM News, the explosion happened at the Tashar Dan-Borno motor park, on the outskirts of the city. (Scroll down for photos from the attack)
The Kano-bound bus was completely destroyed and other vehicles at the Dan-Borno bus station were also affected in Tuesday's explosion, the BBC reports.
“The bus had just loaded with passengers on its way to Kano when a huge explosion happened inside the bus at 11:40,” said a driver’s union official at the bus station.
According to the Vanguard, a driver’s union official at the bus station said the blast happened after a man put a bag in the boot of the bus and then tried to board the vehicle before he could go through a security check.
Another witness who lives in the area, Waziri Danu, said: “I was at a car wash nearby when I heard a huge explosion and saw volleys of fire and smoke coming from the motor park.
“I and people around rushed to the place and we saw a bus engulfed in flames…. It is not likely if anyone in the vehicle has survived.”
Reportedly, rescue workers at the scene said that all 12 people and a suicide bomber on board the bus were killed instantly. A nurse at Potiskum General Hospital said that 22 people confirmed dead.
Potiskum, the commercial capital of Yobe state, has been hit repeatedly by bombings. This Sunday, February 22, a girl with explosives strapped to her body blew herself up at a crowded GSM market.
Hours after the explosion in Potiskum, a bomb blast rocked one of the busiest motor parks at Kano Line, located at Naibawa Area, along Zaria Road, killing at least 26.