A suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus station in Biu, northeast Nigeria, on Thursday, while a second bomber was shot
before he could detonate his explosives, witnesses told AFP.
Kyari, a civilian vigilante, said “at least 18 people, including three
women, died… and several others were injured” although there was no
immediate corroboration of that death toll.
The attack happened
after two men arrived the Tashar Gandu motor park on the edge of the
town in Borno state, where one detonated his explosives among passengers
and vendors, onlookers said.
The suicide bombing is the second
this week, after 34 people were killed in a blast at a bus station in
the city of Kano, on Tuesday. The death toll was revised upwards from
the initial estimate of 10.
Another blast hours earlier, also at a
bus station, killed 17 in the commercial capital of Yobe state,
Potiskum, but it was not confirmed as a suicide attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for either bombing but Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted both places, as well as Biu.
February 18, 36 people were killed when assailants in a motorised
rickshaw detonated explosies at Yarmakumi village near Biu, with most of
the victims child vendors and beggars.
The attacks again
underscore the threat posed by Boko Haram, which experts say may resort
to such tactics as they are pushed out of captured territory in the
northeast by a multi-national military force.
The two men in the
latest attack pretended to be traders leaving Biu after business at the
main market, which takes place every Thursday and Sunday, said Kyari.
two men came as if they were travellers and one of them detonated his
explosives in the midst of travellers and petty traders,” the vigilante
“But the second man was shot and killed by soldiers before he could pulled the trigger.”
Ali Dauda said the scene was cordoned off by soldiers and vigilantes,
while they waited the arrival of the police bomb squad to defuse the
unexploded explosives on the second attacker.
“The first bomber
succeeded in detonating his explosives, which caused many casualties,
but the second bomber was killed and his body is still lying at the
scene with the explosives on it,” he added.