At least five persons died after a market in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, went up in flames on Friday night, Nov. 5.
The incident occurred at about 7:15 p.m. WAT when a fuel-carrying truck rammed through the popular village Market in Kubwa, an Abuja suburb.
The explosion sent shop owners and neighborhood residents who mistook it for a bombing, into fright.
Mohammed Ndagi Shebe, the Kubwa Police Area Commander, debunked the rumour that it was a bomb explosion, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
“You can see it yourself,” Shebe said as he flashed a torchlight to the kerosene tank which allegedly caused the explosion.
“That is what brought the inferno.”
When HumAngle contacted the fire service headquarters, an official said their local personnel were sent immediately to rescue the situation.
Security agents were also at the scene to prevent looting by miscreants. The extent of the damage was still unknown as of press time.
According to a witness, Chima Nnamdi, cited by NAN, five bodies— burnt beyond recognition— were recovered from the inferno in the late night rescue operation.
Nnamdi added that several others sustained injuries and were taken to Kubwa General Hospital.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was yet to release an official statement on the incident.
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