By Aminu Imam
Another bomb blast has once again rocked Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja City, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday.
The explosion, which occurred last night, at about 8.00 pm, was reported to have taken place close to the scene of the last incident where a bomb was detonated two weeks ago, on April 14 which resulted in the deaths of about seventy people.
According to eyewitness reports, a car loaded with explosives drove to a place right in front of the scene and bombs explosions were heard. The severity and degree of the explosion and the number of casualties were building up at the time of going to press.
It was however learnt that nine persons were left dead with over 20 injured. The injured persons have already been taken to nearby hospitals.
The Nigeria Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) officials who were at the scene have evacuated the injured persons. The Comptroller-General of the National Security and Civil Defence Corp, Dr. Ade Abolurin also said that some casualties have been taken to the Asokoro General Hospital, though he could not confirm the figure.
The bombers, whose identities were yet to be unmasked, struck at the same transit motor park they attacked two weeks ago at Nyanya in the suburb of the FCT, just as workers who went for the a May Day celebration were returning to their homes.
The explosives, like in the first blast, were also contained in white Golf Volkswagen vehicle, sources said.
Reports also have it that security operatives were seen trying to defuse two bomb-laden cylinders, to avoid another explosion. Some cars around the area have been cleared from the scene of the blast as the area is densely populated.
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.
Rescue operation was on-going as at press time and security operatives immediately cordoned-off the scene of the incident as they embarked on rescue operation.
The officials of the Nigeria Fire Service were seen racing to the scene of the explosion and were said to have put-off the fire which resulted from the blast.
Officials of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and the police were also seen controlling traffic around the area. Paramedic and ambulances have also moved to the scene.
Eyewitnesses said the number of casualties would have been higher if it were not a public holiday. The development, however, worsened the gridlock on the Nyanya-Abuja-Keffi Road and frustrated many commuters, and also passers-by near the area of the incident, which prompted anger and despair from members of the public who raced to the scene to offer their help for the unfortunate victims of the blast.
Security and Response agencies have urged people living around the area to restrict their movement and allow security personnel access to the area.