At least six people were killed in Gombe in a suicide bomb attack on a market by suspected Boko Haram Islamists, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
“Our workers have evacuated six bodies and 10 injured, and we believe there could be more bodies because the market is usually populated,” Umar Shittu, Gombe state spokesman of the agency, told reporters today in the city.
Gombe state police spokesman Fwaje Attajiri said earlier that four people had died in Friday’s attack. Police also intercepted a pickup truck laden with explosives at a checkpoint outside Gombe and defused them, he said.
Boko Haram has killed more than 13,000 people since it started a violent campaign to impose Shariah, or Islamic rule, in Africa’s biggest oil-producing nation. Nigeria’s more than 170 million population is roughly split between Muslims, mainly living in the north, and Christians, predominantly in the south.