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BREAKING: Bomb Blast Rocks Bauchi Bus Station, 5 People Confirmed Dead



A bomb blast has been reported to have occurred in a popular bus station in Azare area of Bauchi State, leaving scores of people dead.
Vanguard reports that the blast appears to be the latest breach in the alleged ceasefire agreement entered with the terrorists group, Boko Haram.
A resident of the town, who gave his name as Musa Babale, said: “We had a huge blast at exactly 9:45 pm (2045 GMT). We realised it had come from the bus station. The whole place was a mess,” he said.
However, several calls made to the spokesman of the police and military for comments were not answered but Mauzu Ibrahim, another resident of the attacked area near the Kano road revealed that security operatives have cordoned off the scene.
“We found the place cordoned off by soldiers and police. From where I stood I saw bodies being put in a van,” Ibrahim said.
Other witnesses also reported seeing casualties but it was not immediately possible to estimate the number and emergency workers were not available to comment.
The cause of the blast remained unclear, Bauchi has been one of the hardest hit areas in Boko Haram’s five-year uprising against the Nigerian state.
The insurgents also claimed twin car bombings at a bus station on the outskirts of the capital Abuja earlier this year.
Any indication that the explosion was tied to Boko Haram will further undermine the government’s claim to have negotiated a ceasefire with the extremist group.
The surprise deal was announced by the presidency and military on Friday but there are already strong signs that the pact was hollow.
Violence raged through the weekend in the embattled northeast and the credibility of the so-called Boko Haram negotiator has been widely questioned.
Bauchi borders Nigeria’s northeastern region which has been under a state of emergency since May of last year because of the unrest.
Azare is roughly 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Bauchi city.
Meanwhile, PMnews reported on Thursday that five people were killed in the blast while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries based on confirmation from the state police command spokesman, Mohammed Haruna.
“At about 9:45 pm (2045 GMT Wednesday) there was a bomb blast at (a) motor park roundabout in Azare town. Five persons burnt beyond recognition were certified dead, while twelve others sustained various degrees of injury,” Haruna said.

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