Monday, 30 April 2012

Bomb Explosion Rocks Taraba, Jalingo, 10 People Confirmed Dead


A heavy bomb explosion this morning ripped apart a building of the Taraba State Ministry of Finance in Jalingo, the state capital, leaving Staff and passersby to scamper for safety. The Bomb which went-off as civil Servants were resuming duty was said to have been targeted at the Police Commissioner who was expected to be in the ministry this morning.
When contacted, Police Public relation Officer in the State, ASP Ibiang Mbasike confirmed the incidence and assured that the command is on top of the situation. 
However, details of casualties are still sketchy as at the time of filling this report, but a source around the vicinity confirmed that rescue operation is ongoing. Also news has it that 10 people have been confirmed dead.


Jalingo is the capital of usually peaceful Taraba state.
On Sunday, at least 19 people were killed in two attacks on Christian worshippers elsewhere in Nigeria. A university theatre used for services in the northern city of Kano and a church in northeast Maiduguri, Boko Haram's home town, were attacked by gunmen.
Boko Haram has been fighting against President Goodluck Jonathan's government for more than two years. Its attacks usually target police and government in the mostly Muslim north of Africa's most populous nation.
UPDATE:
A bomb blast wounded at least 20 people in the eastern Nigerian city of Jalingo on Monday, one day after two deadly attacks in other parts of the country, an emergency agency and a witness said.
"The blast was between the state ministry of finance and police headquarters," Ibrahim Farinloye, local head of the National Emergency Management Agency, told Reuters.
A witness told Reuters the blast could have been targeting the police commissioner who drove past shortly before. He said he saw dead bodies and that at least 20 people were taken to hospital.
Culled from Elombah 

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