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‘It’s a controlled blast’ – Army reacts to Abuja explosion

by Oge Okonkwo

File photo: Nyanya bomb blast

File photo: Nyanya bomb blast

Kurudu, a community on the outskirts of Abuja experienced pandemonium today as a  loud explosion was heard in the early hours of Thursday.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined as residents are assuming the explosion may  have been caused by a bomb or dynamites used in blasting rocks in the area.

Residents in Kurudu and adjoining areas have scampered for safety  as apparently, the explosion caused serious panic in the area.

According to a resident of an Army Estate in Kurudu, soldiers simply locked the gate and prevented anyone from going out upon hearing the loud explosion.

Meanwhile, the  spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Olajide Olaleye, explained to newsmen that the explosion is a “controlled blast.”

Olaleye said the rock was blasted with dynamites to free the road and allow construction to continue.

Mr. Olaleye, a Brigadier General, said a rock had been blocking a new road being constructed from Karishi to Apo, in the Abuja city centre.

“The situation is under control,” the spokesperson said, advising residents to be calm.

Some of the residents were still held up in their homes at 9:50 a.m. amidst fear that the explosion was caused by a bomb.

Kurudu is a few kilometres from Nyanya, where bomb explosions about a month ago killed about 100 people.

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