A suicide bomber blew himself up at a car park in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Potiskum on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring several others.
“About 18 people died while several others were injured and have been taken to Potiskum General Hospital,” Bala Afuwa, an emergency worker with the local ISMA medical care initiative, said.
He said a male suicide bomber disguised as a bus passenger had detonated a bomb in the Tashan Dan Borno car park on Kano Road in Potiskum.
“The number of casualties could rise; most of the injured are in the hospital’s emergency unit,” Afuwa said.
Ali Umaru, a hospital attendant, likewise expected the death toll to rise, saying “emergency officials are still at work there.”
“All we were told is that a suicide bomber attacked a bus station in Potiskum,” he said.
It was the second suicide attack to rock Potiskum in a week and the fourth this year.
The last attack on Sunday killed at least eight people, including the attacker, who was said to have been a nine-year-old girl.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the finger is typically pointed at the Boko Haram militant group, which since 2009 has waged an active insurgency in northern Nigeria.
The recent rise in suicide bombings in major towns in the north has been attributed to the heavy security presence, which, it is said, makes it difficult for militants to carry out direct attacks.