The Bauchi State Police Command says the bomb explosion that killed at least seven persons at First Bank premises in Azare Town, Bauchi State, on Friday morning is suspected to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber.
- Female suicide bomber detonated bomb in the midst of bank customers waiting to withdraw money from ATM
- Police say attack occurred in the morning
- Seven deaths have been recorded so far
- Four suspects have been arrested
- investigation is ongoing
In a statement released hours after the bomb blast, spokesman for the police, Deputy Superintendent Haruna Mohammed, said that the female suicide bomber detonated an Improved Explosive Device, in the midst of bank customers waiting to make withdrawals.
Mr Mohammed said the incident happened at about 10:05 am local time.
“There was a bomb explosion suspected to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber at First Bank premises in Azare Town, Bauchi State,” the statement read.
He said the explosive killed seven persons and injured 10 others, contrary to eyewitness report that says nine persons were killed.
“So far, seven persons have been confirmed dead, while 10 others who sustained various degrees of injuries have been rushed to Federal Medical Centre Azare for medical attention out of which five were treated and discharged,” he said.
Haruna said the state Commissioner of Police had already paid a visit to the scene, for on the spot assessment and also to commiserate with those involved.
The police spokesman further said the entire area had been cordoned off and swept by the Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit.
According to the police spokesman, “four Suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident and they are assisting the police with useful information that could aid investigation”.