In Yobe 13 feared dead in car bomb explosion

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The explosion is said to have occurred at a military
checkpoint in Fika, along the Potiskum-Gombe road.
A car bomb explosion in Yobe State has claimed 13
lives, according to reports.
The explosion is said to have occurred at a military
checkpoint in Fika, along the Potiskum-Gombe road.
The blast took place at about 1:45pm on Wednesday,
December 31 and also left three people injured,
Leadership reports.
A witness said:
“I had just passed the military checkpoint on my way to
Fika town when I heard the blast around 2pm, so I
rushed back and five minutes later there was a second
blast in the vehicle.”
“We are people of Gumsa village of Gulani local
government area of Yobe State. We were with my
father and we wanted to travel to Jigawa State. I don’t
know there was a bomb in my father’s bag until it
exploded. My father is dead along with other
passengers,” a passenger of the affected vehicle also
said.
The attack was confirmed by the Yobe State Police
Commissioner, Marcus Danladi who told Premium
Times that the car exploded after it drove past the
checkpoint.
“The people carrying the bomb inside a vehicle were the
people who died. They came from one of the villages
where the insurgents are hiding and the same people
carrying the bomb were the same people who died,”
Danladi said.
The casualty figure of 13 was reportedly confirmed to
Leadership by a source at the Potiskum General
Hospital who said that the victims’ corpses had been
burnt beyond recognition.

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