Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Photos And Video : Bomb Blast Hits Shopping Mall In Abuja


A bomb blast has hit popular Abuja shopping complex Banex Plaza in Wuse II area of Abuja, Nigeria's capital. The explosion occurred at about 4p.m at the gate of the busy plaza and traders at the plaza, who were in tears, say the blast apparently went off in a car that was driving into the mall.

National Emergency Management Agency say they are unable to confirm the casualty rate just yet. But they are evacuating victims to the nearby Maitama District Hospital. However, according to a PremiumTimes reporter at the Maitama hospital, at least six  victims have been confirmed dead and taken to the morgue. She also counted about 17 injured victims that have so far been brought in,including a white man with a broken leg. 

Emergency officials also reportedly arrived without adequate material. "Tell Joseph to come with enough dead body bags," an emergency official was heard telling his colleagues. 

This is the third deadly explosion in the Nigerian capital in two months. The extremist Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for the previous explosions in April and May in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital.

Devastating: An explosion has killed at least 21 people in a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja an hour before the national football team started playing in BrazilWounded: At least 17 more people were injured in the blast, including this man being helped to safety. The government has said it will check the activities of 'insurgents'Brutal: Rescue workers carry the remains of a person in a body bag after the bomb in the crowded mall. Witnesses reported seeing shoppers covered in bloodRescue: Police Superintendent Frank Mba said 17 people were wounded and 21 bodies were recovered, with rescue work still ongoing at the shopping mall in the capitalCrowded: The shopping centre was reportedly teeming with people at the time of the explosion this afternoon. 'I heard the explosion and (felt) the building shaking,' said Shuaibu Baba, who had a narrow escape. He said he rushed downstairs to find that the driver who had dropped him a few minutes earlier was deadBurnt-out: Smoke rises from vehicles after the bomb exploded in an upmarket district of Abuja. Several cars around the shopping mall caught fire after the blastHelped: People crowd around an injured woman outside the shopping mall following the blast. Police had already detained a suspect in the hours following the explosionTragedy: People could do little but watch as a plume of thick black smoke rose into the air, which could be seen a mile away from the site of the explosion

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