The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said a total number of 15 deaths and 41 injured persons were recorded in Friday’s simultaneous bomb explosions at Nyanya and Kuje, two satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
According to a brief statement issued by NEMA’s spokesperson, Sani Datti, two people lost their lives in Nyanya and 21 others sustained injuries while at Kuje, 13 people died and 20 were injured.
Datti said the injured were taken to Nyanya and Asokoro General Hospitals and the National Hospital, all in Abuja.
A staff of the medical records department of Nyanya General Hospital told our reporter that there were at least 18 injured persons brought to the hospital, with most sustain serious injuries and had to be transferred to National Hospital.
Residents of the two towns were thrown into confusion as suicide bombers, made up of males and females, detonated at least four bombs.
According to a security agent, who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, the Nyanya blasts were carried out by a male and a female, who detonated the explosives at a busy terminal used by people going to Jiwkoyi and Karu. He said he only escaped unscathed because of his experience as a security personnel.
“I was talking to some traders when the first blast went off. Immediately I heard the sound, I lay on the ground and many of those who were injured were hit by flying objects and shrapnel because they were on their feet,” he explained.
Another witness, whose car was affected, said he had gone to collect money for the bread he supplied some people when the two blasts occurred within minutes of each other.
“After I collected my money, I was about to leave when I realised that the money was incomplete, so I went back to the woman and as we were trying to reconcile our account, the first bomb sounded,” he told our reporter, adding that he also lay on the ground and crawled to safety. The only injuries he sustained were bruises from the crawling.
Pieces of clothing and flesh littered the scene of the blast and witnesses said they were from the suspects, with the woman wearing a hijab, which she used in hiding the explosives.