Car bombNearly 20 persons have been killed in a bomb explosion in Potiskum, Yobe State.

Highlights:

  • A suicide bomber detonated the bomb
  • Members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, were the target 
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack

Details

The bombing occurred on Monday at Faydia Islamic school, ran by the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria and located near the old market in Potiskum.

According to Premium Times, witnesses said a suicide bomber targeting members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, detonated his explosive vest, killing many instantly.

The bomber struck when members of the Shiite were gathering to go on a procession to mark the Ashura day.

Ashura day is the 10th day of the month of Muharram, the new month of the Islamic calendar.

Shiite Muslims commemorate the day to mourn the death of Hasain Bn Ali, the grand son of Prophet Mohammed who was reportedly killed on that day. Then the bomber got into their midst and detonated his bomb.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack in the second largest town in Yobe State. But a terrorist group, Boko Haram is the prime suspect, as they have carried out similar attacks in the past.

Yobe State is one of the three north-east states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – under a state of emergency that is running for over one year.

NP/Premium Times

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