Boko Haram has struck in the nations capital, Abuja with a bomb blast reported in Kuje Market area in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday, October 2, 2015.
Scored of people are feared dead in the explosion which occurred near the police station which is opposite St. Kizito Catholic Church.
It was a twin bomb attack according to an eye-witness who spoke with The Trent. “The first bomb blast was heard around 8.45 pm. The second bomb was went off around 10 minutes past 10 pm,” Desmond Daniel, a real estate agent who resides in the area said.
“Police have barricaded everywhere and there is no movement through the area,” he told our reporter. “There was smoke everywhere. I saw bodies littered all over the road. Some of them had no legs. It was hard to count or even identify anybody.”
Another resident, Charles Ugom, another resident who spoke with The Trent said that the first bomb blast occured around the police station in the town, while the bomb blast happened at Zamfara Park close to the Kuje Market.
According to Channels TV, scores of people are feared dead in the blast which is the first of such an attack on the nations capital in 2015.
Kuje is a developing district in the Federal Capital Territory. It is home to a Police barracks and a Customs barracks, and Army barracks. Kuje is about 10 minutes drive from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
A spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the three bombings to The Trent. Manzo Ezekiel, a press officer at the NEMA Headquarters in Abuja said that rescue operations are underway at the scene of the bombings.
“NEMA has deployed its rescue teams in the evacuation of the victims to various hospitals in Abuja,” Ezekiel said in an email to The Trent. “The explosions which occurred almost simultaneously have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries but the rescue operations coordinated by NEMA is still ongoing.”
Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for all the bombing attacks.