Azare Bank Attack: Female Suicide Bomber Queued With Us – Victims … LeadershipNews
Survivors of yesterday’s bomb blast at a branch of a first generation bank in Azare town, Bauchi State have revealed that a female suicide bomber, dressed in long flowing garments, who had queued up with them while they were waiting to make cash withdrawals from the bank, allegedly detonated the bomb which killed about 20 people and injured over 37 people, mainly civil servants.
The bank building where the bomb explosion occurred had all its glass windows shattered just as all banks in the town suspended operations and hurriedly closed following the incident.
According to witnesses and survivors, the bomb explosion occurred at about 10am yesterday, while they were in the bank premises. Two women were said to be among those who died.
A resident of Azare town who craved anonymity, said most of the victims were civil servants from within Azare and others from Shira and Giade, who were in the bank to withdraw their salaries.
A staff of the bank who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend on condition of anonymity, said the female suicide bomber joined other unsuspecting customers on the queue and it was while she was in their midst that the bomb exploded. He said he counted 20 dead bodies, including that of the bomber; whose body he said was divided into two.
According to him, the suicide bomber’s head was found across the road, near a suya spot.
He also disclosed that among those who died was a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was in the bank to make withdrawals.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Weekend from his bed at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, a student of the College of Education Azare, Sunday Samaila, said he was at the bank to withdraw money from the bank’s ATM when the explosion occurred.
“I was in the bank to make withdrawals when the blast occurred. We were on the queue waiting to withdraw money from the ATM, when the attack occurred. I just heard a loud sound of an explosion.