Baby injured as explosion rocks Jalingo


A combination of photos from the scene of the bomb explosion in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital on September 18, 2022. Photo credit: Channels TV

A four-year-old baby has been hospitalised after an explosive device, suspected to be a bomb, was discharged on Sunday in Jalingo, Taraba State.

The unfortunate incident occurred at about 9:35pm close to the first roundabout leading to the Taraba State University.

Eyewitnesses claim that the bomb was planted behind a drinking joint, causing damage to some shops and residential buildings in the area.

“A little baby of about four years was at the shop sleeping when the wall collapsed,” said a local who does not want to be named. “Luckily, she survived it and is receiving medical attention at a hospital.”

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Although no life was lost in the incident, the police have cordoned off the area to avert another blast just in case another device was planted nearby.

As of the time this report was filed, no one from the Taraba police command or the state administration had made any remarks.

There is yet to be a clarification on the type of explosive it was, or measures being taken to prevent a reoccurrence of such an explosion.

Residents have raised concerns about what might happen to them again, stating that Sunday’s explosion was the fourth in a string of explosions that had shook the state since the year’s beginning.

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