SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A bomb attack targeting a bus station in Nigeria’s northern state of Bauchi has killed at least five people and injured a dozen others.
Bauchi police sources said the deadly bombing was carried out in the town of Azare at 9:45 p.m. local time (2045 GMT) on Wednesday.
“Five persons burned beyond recognition were certified dead, while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries,” Bauchi police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said.
The site of the attack has been sealed off and an investigation has been launched into the bombing, Mohammed stated, adding, “No arrest has yet been made.”
Several witnesses, meanwhile, said they believed the bomb had been placed in a parked car and was set off remotely.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the fatal attack, but the Boko Haram Takfiri group could be a culprit since it has carried out deadly attacks in Nigeria with the aim of overthrowing the government in Abuja.
Recently, the Nigerian government announced that it has reached a temporary truce with the group in an effort to secure the release of over 200 school girls they have been holding hostage.
Boko Haram kidnapped some 276 girls from their dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in the volatile Borno State in northeastern Nigeria in April.
Fifty-seven of the girls managed to escape, while Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau later threatened to sell the others into slavery.
Negotiations over the release of the school girls are under way between representatives of the government and Boko Haram in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.