Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bomb Blast Rocks Thisday Newspaper Offices in Abuja and Kaduna

Bombed Thisday Newspaper Office In Abuja
A loud explosion rocked an area  Abuja on Thursday followed by smoke and ambulances headed in the direction of the blast, with injuries and casualties reported.
Details remain sketchy but several witnesses, including the chairman of ThisDay’s editorial board, said the blasts were the result of a suicide attack.
“The suicide bomber came in a jeep,” Olusegun Adeniyi told reporters at the scene in Abuja.
“(Security guards) opened the gate for them… The guy drove in through the gate and rammed into the building and exploded,” Mr Adeniyi said.
According to a Red Cross official at the scene, three people are reported to have been killed in the blast at ThisDay newspapers in Abuja.
 But Mr Yushau Shuaib  a National Emergency Management Agency spokesman said the blast “occurred inside the premises of a national newspaper,” adding that “a preliminary investigation seems to indicate that the explosive device was planted somewhere within the premises, not likely a case of suicide bombing.”
Police and military personnel have surrounded the Abuja office.
An AFP correspondent heard the blast and saw ambulances heading towards a district where a bus station and newspaper office are located.
A police spokesman said “we heard something like that happened, but we don’t have the details yet.”
A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said “it’s true there was an explosion at Jabi (district).”
“NEMA officials are on the ground,” said Yushau Shuaib. “They are trying to move those injured to the hospitals, but we don’t have any information on casualties yet.”
There are also reports of a second explosion in Thisday newspaper’s Kaduna office which is reported to have killed at least 10 people.
According to Sahara reporters, the attack  occured along Kontagora road by Ahmadu Bello way in Kaduna.
The Kaduna explosion happened outside a complex housing a number of newspapers, including ThisDay.
A suspect has been arrested and is thought to be a member of the Boko Haram group, AFP reports police as saying.
No one or group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, although the dreaded Boko Haram sect has staged similar attacks.
Culled from information nigeria

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