A suicide bomber yesterday hit the Garkida weekly cattle market in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing 9 persons and injuring 14 others.
The incident caused panic in the state as residents feared that more of such attacks may be launched by fleeing Boko Haram members who have allegedly recruited suicide bombers to retaliate the ongoing military offensive in Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
Some residents said the bomber pretending to be a potential customer at the market before detonating the device while others claimed that it was planted at the gate of the market.
An eyewitness said the blast occurred at about 1:15pm when activities at the market were at its peak leading to high casualties.
Another eyewitness, who identified himself as Musa Mamman, told journalists that many of the victims including the dead and the injured were evacuated to hospitals while activities in the market were grounded.
The factional speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Jerry Kumdisi, who hails from the area, said that several people lost their lives in the attack.
Gombi was one of the 7 councils overran by Boko Haram insurgents in the state leading to the loss of life and property last year.
Efforts to reach the Army Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Army Brigade Captain Nuhu Jafaru proved abortive as at the time of filing this report although some military sources confirmed the attack.


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