Police said the bombers, who had explosives strapped
to their bodies, pretended to be fighting inside the
market, and detonated the bomb after onlookers
gathered around them.
Police said on Friday, June 5, that the two suicide
bombers who killed no fewer than 31 persons and left
38 injured at the populated Jimeta market in Yola
yesterday, faked a fight to draw people closer.
A police spokesman in the zone, Othman Abubakar ,
said the bombers, who had explosives strapped to their
bodies, entered the Jimeta Main Market after sundown
on Thursday and “pretended to be fighting.”
“The staged fight between the two men attracted the
attention of people nearby to see what was happening,”
Abubakar told AFP.
“When people had gathered they detonated their
explosives. They killed a sizeable number of people,” he
It is believed that the dangerous sect, Boko Haram is
behind the attack, as the militants have launched series
of back-to-back attacks in the northern zones since the
inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May
The Yola attack came hours after a suspected suicide
bombing at a checkpoint outside a military barracks in
Maiduguri, the capital of neighbouring Borno state that
killed four people.