A large explosion rocked a bus station yesterday, Wednesday night in Bauchi previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses said:
“We had a huge blast at exactly 9:45 pm (2045 GMT)… We realised it had come from the bus station,” said Musa Babale, a resident of the town of Azare in Bauchi state where the blast occurred.
“The whole place was a mess,” he said.
The police and military did not answer calls seeking comment but another resident of the affected area near the Kano road said the security forces had surrounded the site.
“We found the place cordoned off by soldiers and police,” said witness Mauzu Ibrahim. “From where I stood I saw bodies being put in a van.”
Other witnesses also revealed that seeing casualties but it was not immediately possible to actually estimate the number and emergency workers were not available to comment.
The cause of the blast remain unclear, Bauchi has been one of the hardest hit areas in Boko Haram’sfive-year uprising against the Nigerian State.
The terrorists group also claim twin car bombings at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja earlier this year.
Any indication that the bomb blast was tied to Boko Haram will further undermine the government’s claim to have negotiated a ceasefire with the extremist group.