A loud explosion rocked an area Abuja on Thursday followed by smoke and ambulances headed in the direction of the blast, with injuries reported.
Reports have it that the bomb blast in Abuja Thisday office in Jabi was carried out by a suicide bomber who drove into the media house before detonating the bomb hence blowing away the building ‘s roof.
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.”
An AFP correspondent heard the blast and saw ambulances heading towards a district where a bus station and newspaper office are located.
|Policemen examine the engine of the jeep used for the attack - AFP|
“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.”
The explosion in Abuja occurred around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the offices of ThisDay. An Associated Press reporter who heard the explosion said it was very large. Police and paramilitary forces have already surrounded the office.
Witnesses said another explosion struck the newspaper's offices in the city of Kaduna.