Residents Panic As Explosion Rocks Taraba

Panic engulfed the air in Jalingo on Sunday after an explosive device suspected to be a bomb exploded in the Taraba State.

The explosion occurred at about 9:35 pm at a location close to the First Roundabout leading to the Taraba State University, causing damage to some shops and residential buildings in the area.

Eyewitnesses at the scene of the blast claimed that unknown persons planted the bomb behind a drinking joint.

“A little baby of about four years was at the shop sleeping when the wall collapsed,” said a local who does not want to be named, adding that, “Luckily, she survived it and is receiving medical attention at a hospital.”

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Thankfully, no life was lost in the incident, and the police have cordoned off the area to avert another blast, in case another device was planted nearby.

However, neither the police command nor the state government has commented on the type of explosive it was or measures being taken to prevent a reoccurrence of such explosion.

Residents, on their part, have vented fears over what could befall them again, saying Sunday’s incident was the fourth in the chain of explosions that have rocked the state since the beginning of the year.

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