Abuja Explosion Update: How Over 200 Persons Were Killed
This is contrary to earlier reports that the bomb explosion that rocked a motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was placed in one of the high-capacity buses popular referred to as El-Rufai buses, a witness said the explosive device was hidden in a Volkswagen golf vehicle that was driven into the park and detonated.
According to the witness, the bomb exploded when most of the buses in the front row where full and ready to convey passengers.
“We just heard a loud explosion and many people died instantly. In fact, many people were scattered into pieces,” he said.
The bomb blast which happened in the early hours of the morning we gathered was first exploded at El-Rufai bus stop. As passengers who were waiting to board the early morning buses to their work place made attempt to scamper for safety, an eye witness stated that another one exploded killing scores of them instantly.
The Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, who accompanied the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on a visit to the scene, said emergency workers are still collating the casualty figure, but about 200 persons are said to have died from the blast while scores of others were injured.
Apart from the police chief, the DIG in charge of operations of the Police; the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Sidi; and the Interior Minister, Abba Moro, all visited the scene of the blast.
The NSA, Chief of Defence Staff, AIR Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and Minister Of Interior, Abba Moro, have all visited the scene Of the explosion and are making evaluation of the damages.
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