Scores of people were killed and many maimed as an early morning bomb explosion rocked Nyanya motor park in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
A loud blast rocked a bus station packed with commuters heading to the capital Abuja on Monday, the rescue agency spokesman told AFP.
“This morning there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park,” Manzo Ezekiel of the National Emergency Management Agency said. “Rescue teams are already on ground. There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries,” he added. The cause of the blast was not yet known.
Nyanya is a satellite town bordering the FCT and Nasarawa State.
The explosion reportedly occurred in a section of the park allocated to luxury buses popularly called “El-Rufa’i buses.”
Worst hit was the area where vehicles plying Abuja-Ilorin-Kabba were parked.
Workers on their way to their workplaces were most affected.
An eyewitness, who survived with a deep cut in his right leg, told our correspondent that the explosion occurred while he was calling passengers into his car.
He claimed that human flesh littered his car and others around it.
A combined team of security agencies and fire fighters are currently retrieving bodies and putting out fire at the scene.
The incident had led to disruption of movement into Abuja from that area with many workers, who were on their ways to work, stranded.
The loud sound and thick smoke that characterised the explosion attracted people to the scene from neighbouring areas such as Karu, Mararaba and Masaka among others.
More details soon.