A loud explosion suspected to be from a bomb took place earlier today, Thursday, within the premises of the Adamawa Police Command’s anti-bomb squad and motor traffic department in Jimeta, Yola.
It was gathered that scores of police officers were feared dead in today’s bomb blast at the headquarters of Nigerian Police Anti-Bomb Squad in Adamawa State.
A security source revealed that the explosion occurred due to the ‘mishandling of explosives devices by security personnel’ within the police station.
“The explosion is likely caused by accidental discharge due to mishandling of explosive devices by security personnel within the police station.”
“For now we are not suspecting terrorism for the explosion as the security agencies are currently investigating the remote cause of the incident.”
Four bodies have been recovered and moved to a mortuary while over 20 injured victims are being attended to by medical personnel.
Meanwhile, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Gazali, said the blast was caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram insurgents.
The CP said most of the victims of the explosion were police personnel, however, he did not give figures of casualties.
“Policemen were mostly affected and we don’t know the actual casualties for now as the place is not yet safe for us to go in,” Mr. Gazali said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the explosion also affected the walls of nearby Majalisa Primary School where some pupils were injured.
The state Commissioner for Information, Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed that the pupils sustained minor injuries and had been treated and discharged from hospital.
The incident has led to hurried closure of markets and schools in the area as residents scamper home for safety.