Boko Haram Strikes Again? Several Dead As Explosion At Bus Station In Bauchi

Date: 23-10-2014 8:30 am (6 years ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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A large explosion rocked a bus station Wednesday in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses said, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government’s purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

“We had a huge blast at exactly 9:45 pm (2045 GMT)… We realised it had come from the bus station,” said Musa Babale, a resident of the town of Azare in Bauchi state where the explosion occurred.

“The whole place was a mess,” he said.

The police and military did not answer calls seeking comment but another resident of the affected area near the Kano road said the security forces had surrounded the site.

“We found the place cordoned off by soldiers and police,” said witness Mauzu Ibrahim. “From where I stood I saw bodies being put in a van.”



Other witnesses also reported seeing casualties but it was not immediately possible to estimate the number and emergency workers were not available to comment.

While 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.

Bus station bombings have also become something of a hallmark for the insurgent group after twin attacks at a terminal on the outskirts of the capital Abuja earlier this year killed nearly 100 people.

The station in Azare, a town roughly 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Bauchi city, is a widely used transit point by travellers coming from Nigeria’s embattled northeast, which has been under a state of emergency since May of last year.

Azare saw a series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram through 2012, while Bauchi has been consistently targeted throughout the uprising, including through church bombings, coordinated gun raids and notably a massive prison raid in 2011.

Any indication that the latest 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 northeast and the credibility of the so-called Boko Haram negotiator has been widely questioned.

A top aide to President Goodluck Jonathan also said the Islamists had agreed to release the 219 schoolgirls held hostage since their April 14 abduction in the northeast town of Chibok.

Like with the ceasefire, there has so far been no sign that the hostage release deal is legitimate.

Nigerian negotiators were reportedly set to resume talks with Boko Haram envoys in neighbouring Chad next week, but further questions will likely be asked about the identities of the so-called rebel negotiators.

Boko Haram, which wants to create an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, is a fractured group with an unclear command structure.

Analysts doubt that the individuals in talks with Nigeria have the influence to enforce a blanket ceasefire.






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Posted: at 23-10-2014 08:30 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- femrus at 23-10-2014 08:40 AM (6 years ago)
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 Embarrassed what a shame
Posted: at 23-10-2014 08:40 AM (6 years ago) | Newbie
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- zeigbo at 23-10-2014 09:01 AM (6 years ago)
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God have mercy

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- dickman2 at 23-10-2014 09:19 AM (6 years ago)
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islam ...islam...islam...world problem of today..devilish religion
Posted: at 23-10-2014 09:19 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Abubu86 at 23-10-2014 09:20 AM (6 years ago)
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God punish anybody dat is directly or indirectly  involve in killing innocent lives and destroying properties. Deprive dem of peace and health. Enough is enough
Posted: at 23-10-2014 09:20 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dickman2 at 23-10-2014 09:43 AM (6 years ago)
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islam malara..
Posted: at 23-10-2014 09:43 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- beneno at 23-10-2014 09:49 AM (6 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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- morgrawl231 at 23-10-2014 09:52 AM (6 years ago)
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RIP TO D DEAD,,,,
Posted: at 23-10-2014 09:52 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- dareper at 23-10-2014 09:53 AM (6 years ago)
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Everyday news, and our government can't do anything about it. Bad!
Posted: at 23-10-2014 09:53 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- sucre4u at 23-10-2014 01:39 PM (6 years ago)
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Lord av mercy
Posted: at 23-10-2014 01:39 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ritabrenice at 23-10-2014 05:18 PM (6 years ago)
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Again
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- chicco77 at 23-10-2014 08:25 PM (6 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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- mudii2 at 23-10-2014 08:38 PM (6 years ago)
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God save us
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- factfinding at 24-10-2014 03:42 AM (6 years ago)
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Why won't they intensify their killing when Nigerian failed Govt start negotiating with terrorist , now they feel they wining the battle that's why Govt is negotiating with them, whoever is sponsoring them will ask them to do more so that whatever they demand federal Govt will accept it nonsense
Posted: at 24-10-2014 03:42 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- middleboy at 24-10-2014 05:26 AM (6 years ago)
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Instead of killing poor Innocent Nigerians,they should target so called corrupt politician dat kept Nigeria in this present state of dilema
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- igure at 24-10-2014 12:27 PM (6 years ago)
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The deals stricks (REACHED) by Government with the Satanic sect (BOKO HARAM) ends up in the pit of blames.While the innocent people struggling on the street of Kano,Kaduna,Jos,Bauchi and Maidiguri,the President is comfortably enjoying in his villa cage...Nigerian Embassies are now sending out E-mail to all Heads of ASSOCIATIONS in France to forward their Address to the Embassy because of the Elections coming up .2015....People don't be fools...Nigerians embassy do not help their  citizens all over the  world. Boko Haram lives beacuse some stringes in the Government want them to CREATE  A POLITICAL PROBLEMS to the current ruling President...The blind could see that.
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- chealseafc at 24-10-2014 01:27 PM (6 years ago)
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this pple never tire to dey drink blood?.
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- elchymo at 24-08-2015 08:46 AM (5 years ago)
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RIP
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- chealseafc at 24-08-2015 09:12 AM (5 years ago)
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elchymo,
so na u dey oppose PoliticxGuru for dis #10k abi?.
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- judeabaga1 at 2-09-2015 02:01 PM (5 years ago)
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GOD HAVE MERCY
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