Abuja Blast Caused By Gas Cylinder Explosion —Police


The police said the blasts which rocked a very busy and popular area of Karu, one of the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory, was caused by an industrial gas cylinder and not from bomb as being speculated.

The blast which occurred early Monday evening in an area near an outlet of popular fast food chain, Mr. Biggs’ threw the entire vicinity into panic with many running away to save their lives.

P.M.NEWS gathered that some customers on queue to withdraw money from an ATM machine in a bank located in the very busy commercial area as well as revelers at numerous open air gardens around the area abandoned their mission and ran away. In the atmosphere of confusion which followed the blast which was heard several metres away, panicky motorists furiously drove out of the vicinity while panicky passersby took to their heels.

The explosion which led to thick smoke shattered  windows of buildings and shops in Karu Shopping Complex, Mr. Biggs’ as well as those of the other buildings nearby.

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However, police took control of the situation at the scene later with Mr. Dauda Buba, the Divisional Police Officer leading the  team of policemen and later, the police anti bomb squad coming to sweep the area.

Althine Daniel, Public Relations Officer, PRO FCT Police Command, told journalists that the explosion was from a gas cylinder. She added that nobody sustained injury or died from the explosion.

—Oluokun Ayorinde/Abuja