Late Night Explosion Rocks Abuja:An On -the-Spot Update

(File copy of blast scene)

Reported By Ejike Umunnabuike Jr.

An  explosion occurred  late Friday night in Abuja.The bomb  blast  went off  near Crystal Lounge at Wuse 2.”It was indeed  a bomb blast” said our correspondent who visited the scene  2.ooam .This is contrary to  the claim  earlier by a  source  that it might have been a  blast   from a PHCN  transformer. It was indeed  a bomb planted under a tree .The explosion occurred 10.45pm and 11pm on Friday directly in front of Crystal lounge   almost opposite Etisalat’  office.

Six cars were badly damaged by the explosion.One security operative at the scene claimed that no life was lost.The Army was the first to arrive at  the scene of the blast.Later the SSS and the police arrived ,our correspondent learnt.NEMA allegedly arrived the scene almost 2 hours after the blast. No  details of the casualty, if any  were  available..One of reporters  who was  nearby reported hearing “one loud explosion which shook the vicinity ” as it happened.

One of the security operatives on the   told our correspondent that  the bomb was” planted  under  tree.And the impact of the explosion was so devastating that  the leaves  of the three were withered on the spur of the moment”

Immediately after the blast, of those who were at  the lounge took to their heels:while relocated to nearby night clubs just as  others went home.Our reporter  noticed the sudden influx of  fun seekers at a near- by after the blast.

It was later learnt that people deserted ‘joints’ on the heels of  reports of the explosion .One resident of Abuja who visited another popular ‘joint’ which was unusually empty at 1.00 am wondered why nobody was around and the worker there  asked him in return:”Oga haven’t you heard what happened at Wuse 2?”

The explosion occurred hours after president Goodluck  Jonathan sacked General  Andrew Owoye  Azazi as National Security Adviser.Retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki was appointed as the new NSA.Also sacked was Haliru Bello, the minister of defence

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