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Monday, 14 April 2014

UPDATES: Abuja Motor Park Bomb Was Hidden Inside Volkswagen Golf Car - Witness Reveals

An eye witness at the scene of the explosion at Nyanya motor park killing an estimated 200 people, has revealed that the explosive device that went off was hidden in a volkswagen golf vehicle that was driven into the park and detonated.
The witness, who is also the driver of one of the high-capacity buses caught in the blast, made this revelation at the park.
This is contrary to earlier reports that the bomb was placed in one of the high-capacity buses.
The witness, Dalhatu Garba, also said the bomb exploded when most of the buses in the front row where full and ready to convey passengers.
“We just heard a loud explosion and many people died instantly. In fact, many people were scattered into pieces,” he said.
Mr. Garba explained the usual scenario at the park to shed light on the magnitude of the attack.
“Apart from our buses, many other smaller cars also come in to pick passengers especially those going on long journey,” he said.

On casualty figure, Mr. Garba simply said “my brother many people died, I can’t even give you figure”.
He, however, said most of the people who died were inside smaller vehicles close to the golf car.
The Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, who accompanied the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on a visit to the scene, said emergency workers are still collating the casualty figure.
He urged journalists to be patient and wait for the official figures.
Apart from the police chief, the DIG in charge of operations of the Police; President Goodluck Jonathan, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Sidi; and the Interior Minister, Abba Moro, all visited the scene of the blast.
Meanwhile, in a statement, NEMA said the explosion occurred at 6:30 a.m.
The agency’s information officer, Sani Batti, also warned ordinary citizens to keep off the explosion scene.
“The agency has found it necessary to also warn ordinary citizens to keep off the bomb explosion scene,” Mr. Batti said.
He said the agency was yet to ascertain the casualty figure.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, although the Boko Haram terrorist group has carried out similar attacks in the past.

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