Bombs recovered from Boko Haram insurgents, are reported to have caused the deadly blast that hit the Jimeta Police Station in Yola, capital of Nigeria’s northeastern Adamawa State.
According to Mr Mohammed Gazali, the Commissioner of Police, the recovered bomb exploded from the store used by the Police Command to warehouse exhibits.
‘‘Policemen were mostly affected and we don’t know the actual casualties for now as the place is not yet safe for us to go in,’ Gazali told media men in Adamawa.
Policemen were mostly affected and we don't know the actual casualties for now as the place is not yet safe for us to go in.
But the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the death of four people from the blast in a tweet it posted, whiles confirming that few injured persons had been evacuated to a medical center.
Update: Four (4) persons have been confirmed dead while few were injured and evacuated to Federal Medical Centre, Yola.#NemaNigeria— NEMA Nigeria (@nemanigeria) February 25, 2016
Aside the Police Station which was badly damaged, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the walls of Majalisa Primary School were also affected and some pupils were injured as a result.
NAN reports that the Jimeta station contained three police sections, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), Motor Traffic Department (MTD) and the police tailoring section.
The incident led to hurried closure of markets and schools in the area as residents rushed home for safety.
Yola has suffered attacks from insurgent group Boko Haram. Maiduguri the capital of Borno State have also been attacked severally by Boko Haram.
The insurgency has killed thousands and displaced an estimated 2 million people in the country’s northeast.