Thursday, 17 April 2014
Separate Explosions Hit Army Base, Airforce Barrack And Public Bus In Kaduna
The city of Kaduna was hit by three major explosions today. Security sources told SaharaReporters that two of the attacks were apparent suicide bombs carried out by suspected Islamist militants of the Boko Haram sect.
A first bomb was detonated under a flyover in Kawo killing 3 people who were riding in a bus. A second and third a explosion went off at the 1st Mechanized Division of the Nigerian army and shortly afterwards a third explosion rocked the Nigerian Airforce base near.
The flyover connects both military bases. The Nigerian military has sealed off the scenes of the explosions making it difficult to verify the number of victim relating to the explosions.
Men of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and the Road Safety Corps were prevented from going near the scene of the bomb explosions as soldiers cordoned off the scene chasing away journalists and civilians.
The Nigerian army has not issued a formal statement about the incident, a move interpreted by reporters on the ground as a clever attempt to control information emerging from the attack and possibly cover up the number of casualties.