From Umar Dankano, Yola & Stanley Onyekwere, Abuja
Rarely two months after two explosions rocked the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), dozens of people were feared dead and several others injured in another deadly explosion yesterday at Emab Plaza, in Wuse 2 area of Abuja, the capital city.
Eyewitnesses said the blast occurred at about 4pm in front of the gate of the busy plaza located beside Banex Shopping Complex, opposite Uthman bin Affan Mosque, shattering several cars and windows of buildings in the area.
Our reporter gathered that the explosion went off as an apparently bomb-laden car attempted to drive through the gate of the shopping mall.
Dead victims and those injured were rushed to Maitama, Asokoro and Wuse hospitals of the territory, as well as the National Hospital by emergency workers, who stormed the scene, moments after the blast. Although the police said 21 persons have been confirmed dead and another 17 injured, eyewitnesses said the casualty figure could be much higher.
At the Maitama hospital where most injured victims were rushed to, the Medical Director confirmed that 35 injured and 12 bodies were received.
According to the Police Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, a lone suspect has been arrested in connection to the blast, adding that security has been intensified around the nation’s capital following the attack.
Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri also disclosed last night that besides the suspect arrested, another person suspected to be part of the bombers was killed.
Meanwhile, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who visited the scene of the blast and the Maitama Hospital yesterday, condemned the attack even as he described it as a savagery act, while also directing free medical services for all those injured.
He commended the security agencies for their efforts in combating terror in the FCT and pledged more support for them by the FCT Administration.
He also praised the emergency services, especially the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the FCT Hospitals and Human Services Secretariat.
Also, the Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, confirmed that the bodies of the dead victims had been deposited at various morgues in hospitals in the territory.
Similarly, barely 23 days after bomb blast in Mubi, Adamawa state, which claimed 20 lives at a viewing centre, another explosion killed one person and injured three others, yesterday in the town.
Eyewitnesses in Mubi South said the explosion occurred when a gas cylinder fell out of a moving vehicle belonging to a new generation bank near Kuturu Market along Ahmadu Bello Way. However, the police said it was a bomb planted by the side of the road that detonated.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa command, DSP Abubakar Othman, said a bomb planted by the side of the road detonated although he said the incident did not lead to any casualty.
“It is true today (yesterday), at about 10:45am, there was a bomb blast at Ahmadu Bello Way, Mubi, and there was no causality recorded based on the report from our DPO in that area”, the PPRO added.
The development led to pandemonium in the town as people scamper in all directions for safety, leading to a temporary closure of the market.
Immediately afterwards, soldiers were mobilized and they cordoned off the area and started demobilizing the bombs planted in the area.
Sources at the General Hospital in Mubi said, the lone victim died of cardiac arrest, following the psychological trauma he went through and that the three other persons who sustained various degrees of injury were being treated.