“Nigeria bus station hit by triple bomb blasts, 8 killed,” AFP, October 31, 2014:
KANO, Oct 31 — A triple bombing at a bus station in north Nigeria during this morning’s rush hour killed at least eight people and injured 34 others, as hopes of a ceasefire with Boko Haram appeared to suffer another blow.
It is not clear if the Islamist militants were behind the attack in Gombe city, the capital of Gombe state, but the extremists have a track record of targeting commuters.
Gombe’s police chief Abdullahi Kudu said three suspects were arrested immediately after the blasts at the Gombe Line Station at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT).
Multiple witnesses said the men entered the station in one vehicle and then dropped bags packed with explosives between the buses which were filling up with travellers.
A rescue worker, who requested anonymity, said eight bodies were found dead at the scene and brought to the Gombe Specialist Hospital.
Another 34 were wounded, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman Manzo Ezekiel.
The bus station descended into chaos after the bombs went off, with several injured in a stampede of people trying to flee the scene, the rescue worker said.
Mobs surrounded the suspected bombers and police had to intervene to prevent them from being trampled to death, said Gome Line employee Lawanti Aliyu, in an account supported by others.
Locals reportedly threw stones at vehicles carrying security service personnel who rushed to the scene, apparently outraged at the fresh violence in the city which has been attacked by Boko Haram in the past….