BOMBS retrieved from Boko Haram sect exploded accidentally on Thursday, February 25, killing at least four persons and injuring several others at the Police Anti-bomb Squad Office in Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State capital.
Prominent among those injured were school children, who were cut by shattered glass.
Crying kids, screaming parents and panic vendors ran for their lives when an officer warned of the possibility of a secondary explosion in Yola’s Jimeta neighbourhood.
The police station is in a commercial area surrounded by a market, the main prison, a post office, a TV station and two primary schools.
Fire engines and ambulances with sirens blaring arrived at the scene. The office of the Police Anti-Bomb Squad was razed along with nearby buildings in the police complex.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, confirmed that four persons died in a statement issued by Sani Datti, its senior information officer.
According to the statement, nearby Jimeta Primary School, Post Office, old NITEL building and some neighbouring houses were affected.
“The bombs (that exploded) are among those retrieved from Boko Haram,” Othman Abubakar, deputy Superintendent, told The Associated Press. He denied that the bombs were planted.
Rescue officials recovered four bodies and ferried at least 20 wounded children and people to the hospital, according to the PR Nigeria, an agency that disseminates government statements.
— Mar 7, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT