- Pandemonium in Kaduna over bomb scare
From Edwin Olofu, Kano, Joy Baba & Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Two female suicide bombers yesterday detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), at the mega filling station of the Nigeria National Corporation Commission (NNPC) in Hotoro area of the metropolis, and at the entrance of the Kano state Trade Fair ground, all in the metropolis, killing three while thirteen others sustained injuries in two separate attacks.
Eye witness account at the NNPC mega station said the female suicide bomber, who disguised as if she wanted to buy kerosene where many queued to buy the product. On reaching there, around 10.am, she detonated the explosive, killing herself and three others while others sustained injuries, while the second incident occurred four hours later at the entrance of the Trade Fair ground, behind Shoprite shopping mall, along Zoo Road in the city.
The second account said the another female suicide bomber targeted policemen at the entrance of the Trade Fair ground, and detonated the bomb close to the gate killing herself on the spot while six other person that include two policemen and four other civilians sustained injuries.
It would be recall that on Sunday a female suicide bomber who failed in her attempt to blow North-West University killed herself and injured five policemen that were stationed close to the institution.
Kano state police command Public Relation Officer, ASP Musa Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the two attacks said the suicide bombers killed themselves and injured ten others, while three others, who were the victim of the first attack in the Hotoro mega station, later died in the hospital.
“The Kano Police Command EOD (Anti-Bomb Squad) personnel and other officers have sealed the scene for sweeping to ensure no other explosives are left behind .However there was no fire outbreak at filling station. Investigation has commenced. While during the second attack another female suicide bomber a teenager detonated the bomb she concealed in her veil killing herself while six other people that include two of our men sustained injuries”, he said.
Also, authorities of the Nigerian Police have confirmed that another bomb went off at about 10:00am yesterday at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Mega Filling Station at Hotoro Quarter, along Maiduguri Road, Kano.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba in a statement said the suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead while eight persons are injured and rushed to the Hospital.
Mba added that it is instructive to note that the Mega Station did not go ablaze due to the security barricade put in place by the Policemen on duty at the station.
“Security Forces have cordoned off the scene, and Police Bomb Disposal Experts are “sweeping” the area. “Citizens are advised to stay off the scene, be vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities to security forces” the statement also added.
In a related development, there was pandemonium in Kaduna metropolis yesterday, following an alarm over a white bag abandoned near Kontagora road, which the traders suspected to be a bomb.
The bomb scare, in the afternoon forced traders to close their shops and started rushing home for safety.
Immediately the rumour filtered into the area, many people ran helter-skelter in order not to be caught in the web of any explosion, thereby causing serious traffic holdup.
Shops owners within Kaduna metropolis also locked up their shops and took to their heels as our correspondent who was at the scene of the bomb scare on his way to the office observed that people were running for safety and shouting: Bomb! Bomb!! Bomb!!! Thereby causing more panic.
However, a Police anti-bomb squad that arrived at the area promptly discovered that the bag contained some waste items and not bomb.
When contacted, Kaduna police spokesperson SP Aminu Lawan confirmed the incidence while commending the people of the area for their vigilant.
According to SP Lawan, “yes, there was such scare and panic but there was nothing as speculated, our men upon receiving the call were deployed to the area, it was immediately condoned off while our anti-bomb squad carried out the required checks, and it was discovered that the sack contained waste polythene; no Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) was found it.
When asked about the man that was picked by the men of the anti-bomb squad, he said he was yet to get information in that regards, but urged people to be more security conscious and avoid any suspicious acts during such situations.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing the report, normalcy had returned to the area, with few shops re-opened for business.