The figure of casualty from the Kuje blast, it was learnt, far outweighs that of the Nyanya which happened about the same time.
[pull_quote_center]While the country is still waiting for the official figures of victims, an eye witness said over 20 people may have died in the Kuje incident.[/pull_quote_center]
According to one Ya’u Umar, who claimed to have witnessed the blast, the suspected assailant came on a new motorbike.
Umar who was at the National Hospital to check on his friends who were affected by the blast said ? “The man brought the bomb on a new motorcycle at around nine o’clock in the evening.
“When he alighted from the motorbike, he told us that he was going to buy something and will soon come back.
“Just few minutes after, the bomb exploded.”
Umar also revealed that the impact of the blast was severe as many people died in the process; noting that about 20 dead bodies were counted as at yesterday morning.
He said most of the corpses were found far away from the blast scene.
He explained most of them tried to escape from the scene of the incident but unfortunately they couldn’t as they might have been hit by ?objects.
The eye witness who painted a horrific picture of the incident said some of the corpses were picked from the gutters and while some could have died as a result of shock.
He said, “From the time the incident happened to this morning, we counted over 20 dead bodies. Many people because of the shock of the bomb did not die there immediately, some while trying to run went and died inside gutters, others died while trying to run to their houses. Many dead bodies were found far from the scene of the incident.”
Also, at the National Hospital a middle age man was spotted attending to his seven- month old baby who was among those affected by the bomb blast and she is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
The man who was not disposed to speaking to our reporter, it was learnt also lost his wife, and grandmother in the bomb blast.?
Meanwhile, nine bodies and 13 people who sustained various degrees of injuries from the blasts both at Nyanya and Kuje have been deposited at the National Hospital.
The spokesman of the hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, confirmed this. He said, “As at now, nine dead bodies from both the Nyanya and the Kuje bomb blasts have been deposited in our hospital.
“Also, 13 people who were brought alive with various critical degrees of injury are also in our hospital. The good thing is that those who were injured are under stable health condition and are currently being treated.”