No fewer than 30 persons were killed on Friday when a bomb was detonated by some suspected Boko Haram insurgents at a bus terminus in Gombe.
Some residents of the town said the blast occurred at about 9am when the bus terminus was full with travellers.
The residents claimed that about 30 corpses lied at the bus terminus immediately after the explosion
An eyewitness, Ibrahim Issa, said, “It was quite unfortunate that today (Friday) will go down in the history of Gombe as Black Friday as the usually packed full terminus of the state transport authority aka Gombe line was attacked by suspected terrorists. “At about 9 am, an improvised explosive device went off at the park, while passengers were boarding commercial vehicles to various destinations across the country.
“The blast left scores of people dead, with many others sustaining various degrees of injury and 12 vehicles were affected.”
Addressing journalists at the scene of the incident, the Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Kudu Nma, said it was unfortunate that such a thing occurred in the state where peace had always been enjoyed.
Nma could, however, not ascertain the number of casualties at the time of filing this report, but a mortuary attendant with the Specialist Hospital confirmed that 23 bodies were brought from the scene of the incident. It was also learnt that a body was deposited at the Federal Teaching hospital.