Scene of 14 April Abuja bomb blast
Report reaching Abusidiqu indicates that a bomb explosion just occurred few minutes ago in the Nyanya axis of the Federal Capital Territory.
A resident of the area who spoke to Abusidiqu on the phone said latest blast occurred opposite the location of the last Motor park blast.
“Abusidiqu, you know the last blast occurred at the park where people board vehicle to Abuja city centre, this current blast occurred opposite that place where people coming from the city centre disembark,” the source said.
Even though the extent of the damage caused by the latest explosion cannot be immediately ascertained, the resident said the fear now is that a lot of people who are closing from work will be disembarking at that spot where the bomb exploded.
As at the time of this report, people were seen running helter skelter, the source said.
over 70 peoples were killed and scores of others injured when the April 14 when an early morning explosion occurred at a busy motor park where resident board vehicles to various locations in the FCT. Leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the attack and vow that more attacks are on the way. He stated this in a video released few days after the attack where he told President Jonathan that he is now in his city and dared him to get him if he can.
UPDATE: Nyanya bomb victims
A loud explosion late Thursday evening rocked Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, heightening fears of another bomb attack by Boko Haram terrorists.
Details of the explosion were sketchy at the time of this report, but residents scampered to safety as the bang reverberated across the town.
Witnesses said that they heard a single loud explosion about 8.15 pm, and that the explosion appeared to come from the same spot a bomb killed over 100 persons weeks ago.
Witnesses claimed scores may have died since the blast occurred in the heart of the regular evening traffic snarl.
Reports reaching us now is that an explosion has rocked Nyanya in Abuja, eye-witnesses via social media have shared that the bomb exploded close to where the previous explosion rocked. The first explosion happened at about 7.00 a.m on the 14th, April 2014. Casualties have been reported and Fredrick Nwabufo, TheCable’s Abuja Correspondent, immediately counted four dead person as at first count. See another photo below from the scene of the explosion.
Live at the Asokoro hospital were victims were rushed.. Bomb blast in same area... Nyanya, Abuja pic.twitter.com/ieDzhODKbk
— Samuel Philip (@AwesomeBillsam) May 1, 2014
UPDATE: Over 16 bodies found
Apparently taking advantage of the porous security situation in Abuja, daring gunmen have hit the Federal Capital Territory this evening killing scores of people and injuring others.
As at 9:05 pm 16 corpses were counted at the Emergency Ward of the Asokoro Hospital while ambulances were still rushing to ferry in more of the dead and the wounded.
The bombers, whose identities were yet to be unmasked, struck at the same transit point they attacked on two weeks ago at Nyanya in the suburb of the FCT just as workers who went for the a May Day celebration were retuning to their bases.
Unlike the last blast, which was targeted at the major bus terminal, the latest attack was concentrated on the opposite side of the terminal, which is used by commuters.
Security men, who were taken unawares by the deadly attack, as usual, promptly mobilised and blocked all routes leading to an from the scene of the attack.
The development meant worsened the gridlock on the Nyanya-Abuja-Keffi Road and frustrated many commuters.
UPDATE: What happened
Another bomb explosion has rocked Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, scene of the 14 April bombing that left about 75 people dead.
A thick smoke billowed out from the scene of the explosion, which was close to the Nyanya bus terminus where the earlier bombing took place.
Some residents said they heard a loud sound from an explosion which sent jitters into them as many scampered for safety.
Soldiers and other security officials have taken over the scene, less than 500 metres away from a check point set up by soldiers after the initial blast.
Officials have not confirmed the casualty figures, but witnesses reported nine people dead.
Some of the dead are said to be those driving past on the busy road as the blast went off.
Two cylinders believed to be rigged with bombs were detonated at the scene of the blast by bomb experts from the military.
Witnesses claimed the bomb went off in a white Golf car which was parked just a few metres away from the Bus station. Three men, eyewitnesses claimed ran out of the car before the blast went off.
The injured and the dead have been taken to the Asokoro General Hospital and National Hospital for treatment.
Security has been tightened around Abuja since 14 April. Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that his men live in the city and they can’t be found.
Source: PM News
UPDATE: NEMA confirm casualties
The Nigerian police said 12 persons died following an explosion that rocked Nyanya, on the outskirt of Abuja, on Thursday. The Spokesman of the police, CSP Frank Mba, told newsmen at the scene of the incident that 19 others were injured and were now receiving treatment at the various hospitals in the city.
Mba, who described the number of the casualities as “provisional” said that investigation into the explosion had already commenced.
The National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigeria Civil Defence Security Corps however confirmed that nine lives were lost while 11 persons are unconscious in the fresh bomb blasts.
In a statement they jointly signed Emmanuel Okeh, the Head of Public Relations of the NCSDC, and Manzo Ezekiel, the Press Officer of NEMA said those injured are receiving treatment in different hospitals in Abuja.
The statement reads in full: “While security agencies have cordoned off the area of an explosion this evening in Nyanya Abuja, response agencies have moved injured victims to hospitals and at least eight (9) lifeless bodies have been deposited in the mortuary while 11 unconscious victims are receiving medical attention in different hospitals in Abuja. Other injured victims too are being attended to
“The public are urged to cooperate with security agencies and avoid rushing to the scene to guard against hampering the efforts of the various agencies working together to ensure public safety.”
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that top security officials visited the scene of the explosion to assess the situation.Among those who visited scene were the Commander-General of Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Dr Olu Abolurin, the Police DIG Operations, Mike Zoukumor, Commander Guards Brigade and the FCT Director, State Security Service.
Eyewitnesses told NAN that the blast occurred from a Volkswagen golf car which drove from the Keffi end of the road and exploded just about 50 metres away from the scene of the April 14 blast.
Two additional security check-points have been set up between Marraba and Nyanya. Vehicles passing through the area are now being subjected to stop and search.
Meanwhile, authorities of the National Hospital have confirmed that six dead bodies, victims of the explosion, have been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary. The hospital’s spokesman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, told NAN that another nine were receiving treatment.
He said medical personnel have been mobilised to attend to the injured and many of them have been stabilised.
He, however, said the hospital was finding it difficult to cope with the number since it has still some victims of the last explosion on admission.
Haastrup said as a result two victims of the Thursday blast would be moved to Federal Staff Hospital, in Abuja.