Abuja - The number of casualties in Thursday's twin bomb blasts at Gombe central market has reportedly increased to over 50.
A witness, Malam Ibrahim Mohammed, who works at the market, said the number of dead bodies he saw were "between 47 and 50", apart from mutilate parts of human bodies.
An official of Nigeria Red Cross Society who pleaded anonymity told journalists that they counted about 48 dead bodies and corpses that were deposited at the mortuaries of the Specialist Hospital and Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe.
The State Commissioner of Police, Kudu Nma, confirmed that the bomb blast was suicide mission with the view to cause panic and apprehension to people.
He said the bomb exploded at the central market where traders sell footwear.
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The explosions happened as people were shopping ahead of 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,” Nma said.
He said police had cordoned off the place to avoid looting.
He called on the public to continue maintaining vigilant and report any suspicious movements to security agents.
Although nobody has claimed responsibility for the blasts, they bear the hallmarks of attacks by Boko Haram.
The Islamist terrorists group has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency in the country’s northeast. In the last two months, they have killed close to 900 people.
- CAJ News