Update: Fresh Nyanya Blast Ocurred Few Metres Away From Army Check Point, No Soldier Seen
A fresh explosion that rocked Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory barely two weeks after scores of people were killed at a crowded bus terminal in the same area was said to have occurred at about 8:20pm at the Nyanya overhead bridge, less than one kilometre from a military check point.
Eye witness said no security personnel were seen at the check point shortly after the blast, suggesting that they either left after the blast occurred or did not mount the usual road block that in the past days have become nightmare to motorists passing through the Abuja-Keffi road.
The explosives was said to have been placed in a yet to be identified car which was said to be burning alongside three other cars at the time of this report.
The attack is believed to have been planned to take place at a time when human and vehicular traffic has built up on the Nyanya-Keffi-Abuja road. The affected bridge serves as a link to Mararaba-Masaka-Keffi route; New Karu-Jikwoyi road and Nyanya-Gwandara area.
Though no official figure has been given on the casualty, a member of the rescue team who spoke to Abusidiqu said it is not as bad as the April 14 blast were over 70 people were officially reported killed.
The area has already been cordoned off by the security agents while some of the dead and the wounded were moved to the Asokoro General Hospital.
The explosion has however created serious panic across the capital city. Many believe that the second attack within two weeks may be a confirmation of the boast by the Boko Haram, Imam Abubakar Shekau that the sect was already in Abuja. ” We are in your city. We are the ones that carried out the attack in Abuja”, Shekau had said in a 28-minute video clip in a veiled threat to President Goodluck Jonathan.
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