By our correspondent with agency report
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A teenage female bomber, weekend detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Damaturu Central Motor Park in Yobe State, killing at least seven people and fatally injured several others.
According to an eye witness, Danbaba Nguru, a girl aged about 12 detonated an explosive under her clothes as she approached the station’s perimeter fence.
The Medical Director of the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Dr Garba Fika, said six dead bodies and 32 injured were brought to the hospital, while one person died after being admitted.
He said that out of those being treated, seven were critically injured and may be referred to either the Federal Medical Centre Nguru in the state or Azare in neighbouring Bauchi state.
The medical director had, while briefing Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam, who visited the hospital to see the injured, assured him that the free drugs procured by the state government would be used in treating all those injured.
Gaidam, sympathised with the victims of the blast and condemned the act. He said that the state government would pay the medical bills of all the victims.
The governor directed the hospital authorities to speed up the treatment and to work out modalities for the referral cases for urgent medical attention, elsewhere.
He condoled with the families of those killed in the blast and called on residents to be more vigilant and to always assist security agents in the fight against terrorism.
“I want to assure our people and all Nigerians that terrorism will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria. I therefore want us to be consistent in our prayers. God will help us bring such nefarious acts to an end,” Geidam assured.
The Renaissance gathered that the female suicide bomber arrived the gate of the busy motor park around 11:45 am, and detonate the IED close to the security post, injuring several people at the scene.
The blast paralysed activities at the very busy commercial centre behind the Damaturu motor park where the IED was detonated as both buyers and sellers abandoned all their belongings.
The area has been cordoned and armed security men are patrolling round the city.
The Damaturu bus station has been repeatedly targeted in a string of previous suicide attacks.
“I was in the station when I saw the young girl arrive,” said bus driver Musbahu Lawan. “I think she noticed the guards checking people at the gates and she decided to detonate the explosives in the middle of the crowd outside the gates.”
Nguru added: “The road leading to the gates is always full of small traders … I was lucky not to have been hit.”
No claim of responsibility for the attack has been made but Islamist group Boko Haram has frequently used young girls to carry out suicide attacks.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram recaptured the strategic town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria’s restive Borno state, a regional official said early on Saturday.
“It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte has today completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge setback,” said Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, vice governor of the Borno state.
The town, located along a strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon and Chad, has traded hands between the jihadists and government troops numerous times since 2013.