Dukku Motor Park, a major bus station in the city of Gombe, capital city of Gombe State in North East Nigeria was bombed today (Monday) according to the Red Cross and AFP reports. 20 people were feared killed. “There was an explosion at the Dukku motor park. The Red Cross mobilised with 20 body bags and they have all been exhausted,” said Abubakar Yakubu Gombe, area secretary for the Red Cross. The casualty rate is still increasing. “We are still looking for more bodies among the carnage,” he told AFP.
The bomb was planted near a bus that was parked and filling up with passengers, said Mato Yakubu of the National Orientation Agency, a government body responsible for the media. He said the blast occurred at 10:50 am (0950 GMT) at the station on the outskirts of Gombe city, capital of the state.
Gombe shares a border with Borno and Yobe state, two of the areas hit hardest during Boko Haram’s five-year uprising which has cost more than 13,000 lives. The Islamists have claimed a number of attacks at bus stations, often targeting people who are heading to Nigeria’s mainly Christian south.