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Many Dead as Suicide Bomber Attack Gombi Market, in Adamawa

Valentine Chinyem



A suicide bomber n Friday detonated an explosive device at a crowded grain market in Gombi town of Adamawa State, Killing many people.

The attack was said to have been carried out by a little boy.

Gombi was recaptured from Boko Haram in 2014, and there have been several attempts  by the insurgents to re-take the town from the military.

A Red Cross official in the state, Maikano Abdullahi, said, “Eight persons were confirmed dead, while 25 others were injured.”

While other sources claim casualties may be over 20, as the market was said to be crowded at the time of attack.

A trader, who said he narrowly escaped death, Adamu Gombi, said the attack occurred in the early afternoon.

“It was around 12 noon, while we were busy trading at Kasuwar Buhu, a teenage boy detonated the bomb, killing himself and several others.

“As I am talking to you now, many lives were lost. I saw about ten corpses and those injured are being evacuated to hospitals,” he said.

The Adamawa State Police Command spokesman, Othman Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the incident, but did not give casualty details.

The state commissioner of Information, Ahmad Sajoh, called on residents to remain calm, assuring that security operatives were on the top of the situation.

“It’s unfortunate, but security operatives are on top of the situation, people should be vigilant.

“The state government will foot the medical bills of the affected victims,” he added.