A twin bomb blasts have reportedly occurred in Kuje area on Friday, October 2. Another one recorded at Jukwoyi bus station after the Nyanya bridge.
Although the details are sketchy so far, it is believed the blasts could have been masterminded by Boko Haram insurgents, Daily Post reports.
The twin blast incident took place at Kuje market area, near the police station. The attacked site is the one close to market, it is the place where okada men usually eat and relax, Sources say.
An eye witness said he saw 13 bodies being evacuated to the national hospital. Dozens of injured were being transported to the same medical institution too.
One more blast was recorded Nyanya, the site of last year’s bombing that claimed dozens of lives. Scores people are feared killed.
Naij correspondent visited the scene of the blast in the morning of Saturday, October 3.
Many ambulance vehicles are seen in the area. Those injured are being rushed to the national hospital, according to the fresh update by the National Emergency Management Association.
Premium Times got confirmation from the commissioner of police for the Federal Capital Territory, Wilson Inalegu:
“I am already at the scene of the bomb blast but cannot tell you anything now.”
Inalegu, however, could not provide the exact death toll so far.
Below are more photos from the scene of the attack:
Meanwhile, officials of National Emergency Management authority (NEMA) who spoke to Naij.com moments ago under anonymity said 13 bodies were recovered on Friday night from Kuje scene while three bodies have so far be evacuated from the Nyanya scene.
However, the NEMA official statement released few minutes ago stated: “So far (15) persons lost their lives and (41) injured were evacuated to Nyanya , Asokoro General hospitals and National Hospital Abuja.”
“We need to go to the various hospital to ascertain the immediate needs of the victims especially those in critical condition, we need to find out if anyone of them need blood.” another NEMA official tells Naij.com.
An official briefing on both events is said to be scheduled at noon after a joint meeting with all emergency agencies concerned.
Meanwhile, the police is also trying to evacuate a dead body of a victim in one of the lock-up shops in the location. There are reports that the victim is a shop owner.
A nurse speaking to representatives from the ministry of health said 6 injured persons were brought into Asokoro hospital; five are already stable while one of the injured persons who is in critical condition is in the intensive care unit of the hospital. They also performed surgery on the victim in the ICU.
Also, a baby was found alive but her parents are no where to be found.