- The attack occurred near NNPC filling station
- Police said five other persons were injured
- Some of the dead persons were police officials
- Fire fighters were able to put off the fire, preventing it from getting to the fuel station
- Investigation into the explosion has started
- No group has claimed responsibility for the attack
Confirming the explosion on Saturday morning, the state Commissioner of Police, Adenlere Shinaba, said it occurred near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s mega filling station around Hotoro roundabout.
“Six persons including three policemen have so far been confirmed dead while five other wounded persons have been taken to the hospital,” Mr Shinaba said.
Residents say they had a deafening sound accompanied by bright light from the scene of the blast that shook many houses.
The explosion took place at exactly 7:30 Pm local time when traffic was at its high point at the roundabout because of people rushing home from their business.
After the explosion, fire brigade vehicles arrived the scene to put off the fire from the explosion and prevent further fire outbreak because of the nearness of the vicinity to the filling station.
The area has been cordoned off by men of the Joint Security Taskforce and the police said investigation into the attack had started.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is the prime suspect. The group has carried out series of similar attacks mostly in the north east.
Of late, they are extending the attacks, which have become more frequent, to other states.
It is the third explosion within one week in the northern part of Nigeria, with over 50 deaths recorded.