Abuja Bomb blast: Security mersures are being taken place, casualties not yet calculated.

As tension gets to it’s peak, Security agencies have been placed on red
alert throughout the Federal Capital
Territory following the explosion that
occurred in Nyanya bus stop on Monday
morning.
CSP Frank Mba, Police Force spokesman,
told newsmen in Abuja at the scene of the
incident that the blast occurred at about
6.55 a.m.
“The FCT police are already on red alert;
security in and around Abuja is being
strengthened; we are paying very close
attention to all vulnerable points.
“We are also paying close attention to motor
parks. We advise the public to avoid
unnecessary huge crowd. We are also paying
close attention to government buildings.
“We want to appeal for calm, cooperation
and patience,’’ he said, describing the
incident as sad.
Mba confirmed that 16 high capacity buses,
some cars and motorcycles were affected in
the explosion.
He said investigations had begun.
“Experts from the Bomb Disposal Squad are
on ground, the police are working with other
security agencies.
“At this stage, we may not be able to give
the casualty figure; the reasons are obvious;
a lot of people are in the hospital; our
detectives are visiting hospitals and taking
count.
“We want to give you figures that we can
back up with facts,” he said.
A survivor, Prince Igwe, however, said a
vehicle was driven into the park and
parked in front of the already loaded high
capacity buses.
“The driver hurriedly parked and
disappeared shortly after the explosion
went off. I was inside one of the buses; I
struggled to come out.
“Many people died,” he said. The car was
burnt beyond recognition but its chassis
number could still be located on the engine.
It is reported that there were about 70
corpses at the scene.
The huge explosion left a big crater at the
scene of the blast. Those affected were
passengers, mostly workers leaving the park
to the city centre, petty traders
and vehicles conveying passengers to other
locations within and outside the FCT.
Police and other security agencies as well as
para-military agencies carrying out rescue
operation had hectic time controlling crowd
at the scene.
The force spokesman appealed to them to
leave the scene for unfettered investigation.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr
Mohammed Abubakar; Commander, Guards
Brigade, Brigadier General Anthony Omozoje
and top security personnel visited the scene.
(NAN)

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