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50 die in Gombe market bombings

Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade

No fewer than 50 people were killed and many others
injured when two bombs went off in Gombe central market,
where customers were making last-minute Ramadan
shopping on Thursday evening.
An eyewitness, Mallam Ibrahim Mohammed, who sells
oranges in the market, told newsmen that the first bomb
went off at exactly 5:20pm with the second exploding a few
metres away from where the first went off.

Narrating his experience amid tears, the distraught young
man said he saw about 50 dead bodies.
A member of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, who pleaded
anonymity, said he counted about 48 dead bodies and that
the corpses were deposited at the mortuary of the Specialist
Hospital and Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kudu Nma,
confirmed the incident.

He said, “There was a bomb blast. The (bomber) was either
on a suicide mission or (may be) the bombs were kept
somewhere with the view to causing panic and
apprehension to people.”

According to him, the bomb exploded at the Sabon Layi
footwear market.

“People were busy shopping in preparation for the Sallah
festival. The casualties are yet to be ascertained. As you
can see, people are busy working, trying to save lives; for
now we cannot tell you the number of casualties,” the police
commissioner said.

He said the police had condoned off the place to avoid
looting, adding that relative calm had returned to the area.

Nma called on the public to be vigilant and report any
suspicious movement to security agents.

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