- Category: National Security
- Published on Sunday, 08 April 2012 17:50
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An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated along the Sardauna Cresent in Kaduna, at about 8.45a.m on Sunday, killed at least 36 victims, injured 13 and destroyed property.
The Kaduna State police spokesperson, Aminu Lawan, who confirmed the incident said the authorities could not give details of casualties. However an unofficial reports say so far, at least 36 people have died. The explosion also left 13 in hospital injured.
According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Jinjiri Abubakar, most of the people affected were commercial motorcyclists, tea vendors, bean cake sellers and passers-by.
“We are still assessing the incident. We will address newsmen as soon as we complete assessing the situation,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said the explosion shook the foundation of buildings in the area.
Security agents and members of the Red Cross were at the scene evacuating the dead and the injured. The corpses and injured have been taken to St. Gerard Hospital, the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital and Yusuf Dan-Tsofo General Hospital.
Both the United Kingdom and the United States embassies had earlier warned that violence in the northern part of Nigeria was a possible occurrence during the Easter celebrations.