A suicide car bombing has killed at least four people and injured a further 35 at a bus station in Potiskum, northeastern Nigeria.
At least four people are dead and a further 35 injured after a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives outside a busy bus station in the town of Potiskum, in northeastern Nigeria.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but, like most attacks in the region, it bore all the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram.
“The information I have is that the car was pretending to be scouting for passengers,” Yobe state police commissioner Danladi Marcus told press, “Five people including the bomber were killed in the attack with about 35 others receiving treatment for various injuries at Potiskum General Hospital.”
The attack comes less than a month before Nigeria votes in a closely contested presidential election, causing greater fear among the people amid worsening security woes in the country’s North.
Attacks by Boko Haram have been increasingly frequent over the past few months, with some security experts anticipating an even greater increase in attacks in the run up to the elections – with Boko Haram looking to seize upon weaker government attention, as they focus instead on consolidating their own election campaigns.
On Friday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a market in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, killing at least six people and wounding 10.
Violence from Boko Haram has also spread into Nigeria’s neighbours around the Lake Chad basin. A contingent of soldiers from Chad has arrived in northern Cameroon where it will deploy to the Nigerian border as part of efforts to contain the insurgency, a spokesman for Cameroon’s defence ministry said on Sunday.