At least 70 casualties have been recorded as a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a bus station in Maiduguri, Borno state.
“We heard a loud explosion at about 3:50 pm while we were preparing for afternoon prayers,” said Danlami Ajaokuta, a civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram.
“It happened right inside the motor park (bus station) attached to the fish market where labourers were sorting out rice.”
He said that according to survivors’ accounts, a woman came into the bus station with a casserole dish, shouting out for customers.
“People were occupied with sorting the rice. No one paid any attention.
“Suddenly, the casserole, which obviously contained explosives, went off. She was blown to pieces… We have sorted out 20 dead bodies and 50 others that were injured.”
A witness suggested that the death toll may be much higher, as the rescue operation is still in progress.
Reports claimed that the bomber was about 17 years of age, in what is the 5th attack by Boko Haram on the state in just this month.
According to AFP, the death toll since President Muhammad Buhari took office has now reached 200.
Buhari has been working with the governments of Chad and Niger to end the insurgency, but it seems they have a lot more to do.