Nigeria: Yola Blast Killed 32, Injured 80

On November 18 evening, a suicide bomber blasted himself in Yola, Adamaya State, killing 32 and injuring more than 80. Sa’ad Belle, an official from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the death toll to the PREMIUM TIMES by phone.

At around 7:48 p.m. local time (1:48 PM ET), the bomb exploded sending shrapnels through the crowded Tipper Garage, shortly after the evening prayers. The blast occured as traders and customers were leaving the mosque and others were eating at the restaurant.

A car bomb was detonated in the same market six months ago
A car bomb was detonated in the same market six months ago

Hamid Dogo, an eyewitness, said the suicide bomber detonated the bomb in front of a woman selling cooked food.

“The woman and her son Chidinma died on the spot. I was part of the people that help in the victims,” he said

Mr. Hamid also said that “the man, we suspect, was giving bean cake to almajaris and the next thing was a blast.”

The market hosts many fruits and vegetables shops, a live stock market, a mosque and an open-air restaurant.

Nigerian officers conducting post blast investigation Courtesy of /AFP/Getty Images
Nigerian officers conducting post blast investigation in Kaduna, Nigeria, 2014
Courtesy of /AFP/Getty Images

On November 17, the Nigerian Army captured John Trankil, a Boko Haram kingpin, and discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) and rocket-making factory. Although Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the blast, officials are pinning the blame on the terrorist organization. Altough not likely, the bombing of the Yola attack could have been retaliation for the capture of John Trankil.

Boko Haram previously attacked—in June 2015—the same market in Yola with two suicide bombers, killing 27.



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