What do you tell a child to convince them to carry out suicide bomb attacks? That was the question Atala asked me when he read this news this morning. I could only shake my head in sadness as I imagined what terrible things are being passed to these little ones who are supposed to be our next generation.
A twin bomb attack on a GSM market in Potiskum, Yobe State, Punch reports has led to the death of five people, including two female bombers, on Sunday while 46 others were injured. The attacked market is located close to the Brema Primary School along the Mohammed Idrissa Way in the heart of the troubled commercial town.
Suicide bombers had a day earlier planted a bomb in a vehicle which exploded at a police station in the town, killing a police inspector and others while many suffered varying degree of injuries. The town was also hit by a suicide bomber last November 2014 when at least 48 people, mainly pupils, were killed during a school assembly.
Yesterday, according to eyewitnesses, two female suicide bombers had arrived in the market on a tricycle with one going into the market while the other waited in the tricycle. It was learnt that as the two who detonated the explosive on them simultaneously thus causing pandemonium in the area.
By the time the dust settled, five people, including the bombers, had laid dead with their bodies shattered into pieces.
A trader at the market, Sani Abdu Potiskum, told Reuters that the bombers were about 10 years old.
“I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age … you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso.”
Another witness, who accompanied the ambulances taking casualties to the hospital, said three people, excluding the bombers, were killed and at least 46 people were wounded.