NAIROBI Ė At least 12 people were killed Tuesday and 17 others were wounded when a bomb exploded at a bus station in Potiskum, a northeastern Nigerian city heavily populated by Shia Muslims.
The daily Vanguard cited eyewitness reports claiming the explosion took place when the bus stopped to take on passengers heading to the regionís largest city, Kano.
Another driver who was at the station told the newspaper that the blast occurred after a man placed a bag in the luggage compartment of the bus.
Witnesses said that the attack resulted in the deaths of at least 12 people while 17 others were taken to the hospital by emergency services.
Although no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, all suspicions fell on Boko Haram, a Sunni jihadist group that in recent months has carried out several exceptionally bloody attacks on public places in Potiskum, the commercial capital of the northern state of Yobe.
In January, two young girls between 7 and 10 years old blew themselves up at Potiskumís open air market, killing seven shoppers and bystanders as well as themselves.
Despite the deployment of Nigerian troops, Boko Haramís assaults have continued and intensified in the north of the country and spread across the Nigerian border into Niger, Chad and Cameroon.