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Bomb blasts hit 2 ThisDay offices

By Adekunle Aliyu with agency report
ABUJA (AFP) – 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 first  bomb blast was in the Abuja Thisday office in Jabi and was carried out by a suicide bomber who drove into the media house before detonating the bomb hence  blowing away the building ‘s roof.

Another blast was also reported at the Kaduna Thisday office according to witnesses.

But Mr Yushau Shuaib  a National Emergency Management Agency spokesman said the Abuja Thisday 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.

A police spokesman said “we heard something like that happened, but we don’t have the details yet.”

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said “it’s true there was an explosion at Jabi (district).”

“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.”

happened at about 11:30 a.m.


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