Bomb explosion rocks Local Council elections in Enugu

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There was bomb explosion as voters were coming out to cast their votes in the Local Council elections in Enugu this Saturday morning.
The incident occurred at the entrance of the road that led to a polliing station at Broderick Primary School, Ogbete West Ward 6, Enugu North Local Government Area.
Several people sustained varying degrees of injuries with some shops and vehicles damaged but no life was lost in the incident. The injured were rushed to an undisclosed nearby hospital for treatment.
Eyewitness, who gave an account of the incident, said the explosion was triggered by materials suspected to be components of an improvised explosive device.


One of the eyewitnesses, who gave his name as Uche Anigbo, said a “two-inch pipe that was connected to a battery” was seen at the scene of the explosion, which he said was accompanied by smoke.
Anigbo explained that a team from the police anti-bomb unit, which arrived after the explosion, took away the materials.
It was gathered that the operatives of the Department of State Services also visited the scene.
Residents of the area, who gathered around the scene of the explosion when our correspondent visited, were observed discussing the development.
Although they said they were not sure whether the explosion had anything to do with the election, our correspondent observed that voters were not willing to go to the polling station.

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However, the Enugu State Police Command said it was investigating the explosion.
Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, told our correspondent that there was no “cause for alarm”.
“The police has commenced investigations to find out what actually happened.
“It was a minor explosion at a workshop near the entrance of a polling station at Coal Camp axis.
“The cause of the explosion is being investigated by operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department.
“There is no cause for alarm,” Amaraizu said, adding that the incident was not connected to the local council elections in Enugu. © November 4, 2017

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