Conflicting reports are emerging about an early morning explosion in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna on Wednesday, which killed at least ten people including a pregnant woman and a three year old child.
The early morning explosion happened in a market in Ogbomosho Road area, along Katsina road, opposite former Scala Cinema in Kaduna.
A group suspected to be islamist militants reportedly arrived the scene on motorbikes and threw bombs into the crowded spare parts market. The bombs exploded, killing 10 people and injuring several others.
A local journalist witness said at least, six charred bodies were seen removed from the wreckage of the blast, which tore down several shops.
Another witness, Shehu Sani, a member of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria based in Kaduma, said there were several dead, but did not have a figure.
“There was an explosion in the suburb of Kaduna a few minutes ago. It destroyed buildings, shops. We are seeing human bodies being pulled out by security men. There were ambulances picking up mutilated human bodies.”
“The Kaduna state police command confirmed that an explosion in Kaduna metropolis has killed several people, wounding many others” said a statement .
According to the Kaduna state police public relations officer, DSP Aminu Lawan, the explosion came from a gas cylinder depot in front of a shop near an auto parts market in the city.
The Kaduna state police commissioner Bala Nasarawa says investigators are looking at the cause of the blast, which occurred near cylinders of natural gas.
Some eye witness accounts said the explosion occurred at about 9.17am when two suspected bombers arrived on a motorcycle in the area and one of them bearing a strange object alighted and ran into the nearby number 32, Ogbomosho Road setting off the suspected bomb.
Unconfirmed reports added that the charred remains of motorcycle used by the suspected suicide bombers had been recovered by the police while the severed head, arm and trunk of the suicide bomber bearing the suspected bomb were recovered some two hundred meters away from the scene where the impact of the explosion flung them
The terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram has struck in Nigerian capital, Abuja twice this year, with a suicide car bombing attacking the United Nations Nigeria headquarters in Abuja killing 26 people in August.
A sect member was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for criminal intimidation, while charges against a senator who is accused of working with him were filed in Abuja’s high court.
Sources: Reuters, Channelstv