From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
A suicide bomber yesterday detonated a bomb in a church in Potiskum, Yobe’s commercial town, killing no fewer than five people.
The bomber, who rode to the church on a motorcycle at about 10 a.m. arrived midway into the Sunday service. He sat down quietly amid worshippers, who were unaware of his evil mission to the church.
“He came on a motorcycle, parked the bike outside, entered the church and sat down. Minutes later, the bomb went off. Five people died and about 20 people were injured,” Jeremiah Ladan, a Potiskum resident, told Daily Sun.
The church, a 30- member congregation of The Redeemed Christian Church, is located at the outskirts of town along Jos Road.
The pastor and his wife were said to be among the victims of the blast.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Toyin Gbadegesin, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident to journalists in Damaturu.
“A male suicide bomber at about 10 a.m. detonated a bomb at The Redeemed Church, Jigawa area in Potiskum, killing five persons. including the suicide bomber,” he disclosed.
He said some of the worshippers injured in the attack were receiving treatment at a state-run hospital.
A source at the Potiskum General Hospital confirmed five bodies were brought to the facility.
Monday, 6 July 2015