BOKO HARAM: A middle-aged man suspected to be a suicide bomber was on Tuesday afternoon mobbed to death while trying to detonate a bag loaded with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the popular Gombe line bus park in the heart of Gombe town.
Eye witness account said that the suspect tried to force his way through the main gate of the bus park with his bag when security personnel were screening passengers, and was immediately caught by angry youths and set on fire after the explosives were found to have been carefully arranged in the bag and ready for detonation.
The state Police Commissioner, Abdullahi Kudu Mna, who arrived the scene almost
immediately, told reporters that the explosion could have been devastating if it had gone off at the same location where about 10 persons died after a bomb exploded barely three weeks ago.
According to him, he was pleased with the response of the Police and other security outfits even though the suspect was mobbed to death by the angry youths.
He explained that the man tried to force himself into the park even when the security men at the gate insisted that his bag must be searched. This made onlookers suspicious prompted them to pounce on the suspect and then the mob action took place.
He said items found in the suspect’s bag included five components of rocket-propelled grenades and other forms of ammunition .The police had since cordoned off the area and dispersed onlookers from the place.
He also cautioned members of the public to be more alert and security conscious.
Less than three weeks ago, a bomb was detonated in the park killing no fewer that 10 persons in the morning when business at the park was at its peak.