A bomb blast has occurred at popular shopping mall, Emab Plaza on Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse 2 in Abuja.
Eyewitnesses said that the explosion occurred at about 4pm and that the fire service officials reportedly put out the fire at about 4:40 pm.
Officials at the Maitama General Hospital have confirmed at least 30 bodies with three completely dismembered, several others injured and many cars burnt in the bomb blast.
The explosion apparently occurred at the gate of the busy plaza.
According to Premium Times Emergency officials are still evacuating the injured and bodies to Maitama District Hospital and are requesting for more ambulances at Maitama District hospital “to transfer victims to other hospitals.”
As a result of the number of casualties it has been reported that some victims are receiving treatment outside the hospital premises.
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The Nigeria Police spokesperson, Frank Mba who has arrived the blast scene has confirmed it was a bomb explosion saying: ‘Our most important assignment now is to secure lives, secure crime scene,” he said.
He, however could not say the nature and type of the explosive used or confirm the number of casualties but he has appealed to Abuja residents to stay away from explosion area while stressing that the police is working with other security and emergency officials at the scene.
Traders in the plaza, however said the blast apparently went off in a car that was driving into the mall.
More senior police officials have continued to arrive at the scene of the bomb blast.
Meanwhile a police officer have lamented the laack of security at the plaza saying: “Nothing, they don’t search cars, booths, anybody can just drive in,” he said.
The bomb blast is coming some months after an explosion rocked Nyanya in Abuja in May which left many dead and several others injured.
Some more photos of the bomb blast below
It would also be recalled that in April an explosion rocked Abuja which left scores of people dead and hundreds injured in the blast.
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