A suicide attack targeting a senior police official’s convoy today (Monday) has killed 11 people and wounded 20, a rescue source said, with the senior officer said to be unharmed.
Police said the attack in the Taraba state capital Jalingo saw a motorcycle ram into the police convoy amid a wave of similar violence attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram.
Authorities provided an official death toll of three people, including two passers-by and the bomber, with a police motorcyclist wounded.
However, the rescue official put the death toll at 11, including a policeman, with 20 wounded.
“Eleven people died,” the rescue official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the press. “One policeman was among them. There are 20 injured.”
In describing the attack, police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki said “a bomber on a motorcycle rammed into the police rider (motorcycle escort). The bomb went off. The windshield of the (state) police commissioner’s car was shattered.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and police declined to name any suspects, though the attack was similar to others carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram.