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13 people Feared Dead In Bauchi Explosion






From Ganiyu Nasirudeen

The renewed bomb explosion in the Northern part of the country continues,  as not less than 13 persons were feared dead Friday and another 40 victims sustained injuries in a twin blast which rocked a commercial bank premises in Azare, Katagum Local Council of Bauchi State.

AFRICAN EXAMINER sources indicated that the blast took place around 9 .00 am by the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point within the bank compound. Our Correspondent gathered that some of the victims were customers and workers who came to withdraw their salaries, through the ATM.

Eyewitness account, revealed that the bombers disguised as customers and approached the withdrawal machine, while in the process, dropped an object which later went up in flames.

The second blast erupted shortly after and while the victims of the visit were still being rescued.

While eight people immediately died after the explosion, sources indicated that the death toll later rose, making the causalities to rise up to 13.

Customers who came from locations such as Misau, Shira, Giade and Potiskum town  in the neighbouring Yobe State, were among those on the queque when the blast occurred. It was learnt that the dearth of commercial banks in the area informed the high traffic of customers in the Bank premises.

The Bauchi State Police Command is yet to officially confirmed the causalities in the latest explosion.

Members who were about to proceed on procession to mark the Ashura day, were targeted. About 10 people were killed while several others injured.

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