A bomb blast has been reported in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The blasts according to residents of Abuja occurred at the the Abuja urban mass transport company limited garage, Nyanya.
The bomb according to witnesses was a car bomb.
UPDATE: Sources are claiming that 4 young men drove a golf car into the car park, parked the car, disembarked and walked away. Five minutes later the car explodes…
The blast are has been cordoned off by the Army, meanwhile an angry mob is almost taking out their anger on Fire service men at the scene.
The Asokoro hospital is said to have counted over 23 bodies so far; the count is still on.
The explosion occurred at the busy Nyanya Mass Transit Park at 6.55a.m. on Monday morning and killed scores of people heading to work and their businesses.
The police say the explosion affected 16 high capacity buses as well as smaller commercial vehicles, some of which had loaded and were ready to leave.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several dead bodies and human parts littered the ground in and around the park after the attack.
Men of the Anti-bomb Squad of the Nigeria Police, fire service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Emergency Management Agency personnel arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the attack.
Rescue workers battled to take the dead and injured to nearby hospitals, including Nyanya General Hospital.
However, eyewitnesses gave different accounts of the incident.
A commercial motorcycle rider, who gave his name as Wahad, told NAN that a man threw a bag containing the bomb into the congested park.
“I was conveying a passenger to the park this morning when I saw a man throw a big black bag into the park; the next thing I saw was explosion,’’ Wahad said.
Another eyewitness, David Lukman, however, said that the bomb was planted in a car at the park.
“I am very sure the bomb was either planted at the park last night or a suicide bomber posing as passenger entered one of the cars with it,’’ he said.
A stockbroker, Abbas Adamu, said
“my friends told me this morning that they were going to Kaduna and because I was also going to Kaduna in my car I told them to wait for me at the park so that we go together.
“But I asked them to enter the park and not wait under the bridge because road safety and VIO (Vehicle Inspection Officers) officials usually disturb along the road under the bridge.
“Seconds later, I heard a loud explosion; in fact, I can’t explain because I felt something like electric shock inside the car, and as I speak to you now, my friends are all dead,’’ Adamu said.