Military sources within the Command and Staff College have given further insight into the twin blasts that ripped through the nation’s top-flight military institution today . “It happened some minutes after mid-day at the end of the church service at the St. Andrews Protestant Church, inside the barracks” Newsdiaryonline.com was told.
“The first explosion occurred when a suicide bomber rammed a bomb-laden bus into the wall of the church while the second explosion came about 10 minutes later, from a Toyota Camry car, parked within the church premises”, the source added.
According to the eyewitness,“It was very devastating and we started picking the corpses and evacuating the injured. I tell you, those killed were about 50. The senior officers seized all our handsets and prevented people from taking photographs.
“People killed were so many because a number of worshippers were still inside the church and various groups were holding meetings after the service and they rushed out after the first explosion only for the second one to occur minutes later ”
It was also learnt that as soon as as the reality of the blasts dawned on all, even officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Red Cross were prevented from gaining access to the scene of the blasts as the place was cordoned off.
Brig-Gen. Bola Koleoso, director, Army Public Relations at the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army reportedly confirmed the incident but declined to give any casualty figures .He said the injured were being treated at military hospitals at Jaji and in Kaduna. The 1 Div spokesman said that the Army had launched investigations into the blasts.