Kaduna Blasts Latest: Death Toll Rises To 110
The death toll from the twin bomb explosions that rocked Kaduna, northwest Nigeria, on Wednesday, has risen to 110 after at least 13 out of the severely injured victims have died in the hospitals.
P.M.NEWS gathered that there are fears that more victims who sustained life threatening injuries that are currently on danger list at the two hospitals visited Thursday morning might not survive.
The Public Relations Officer of State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Abubakar Zakari Adamu, who confirmed the figure to P.M.NEWS Thursday said 25 corpses were picked from the scene of the blasts at Alkali by Isa Kaita Road, while over 72 bodies were deposited in mortuaries at Saint Gerald General Hospital and 44 Military Reference Hospital.
According to the SEMA PRO, “the staff of the agency worked throughout the night trying ensure that more lives were saved but it is unfortunate that we lost several others.”
One of the victims, Muhammed Sarki , who managed to speak to P.M.NEWS at Garkowa Hospital, said: “I thank God for being alive.”
Sarki, who is a trader at Kawo roadside market said: “I saw the Toyota Sienna but before we knew what was happening, I saw myself in the hospital.”
Meanwhile, former military head of state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has said that the second explosion that ripped through Kaduna on Wednesday was an assassination attempt on his life.
Buhari said this in a statement he signed. “I am personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today at about 2:30p.m. on my way to Daura.”
•Military officers and citizens stand near wrecked cars at the scene where a bomb exploded on July 23 2014 in Kaduna. AFP PHOTO.
Buhari narrated the harrowing experience: “The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car, but was blocked by escort vehicle.
“We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly detonated the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy.
“Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle, I saw many dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder.
“Thank God for His mercy, I came out unhurt, but three of my security staff sustained minor injuries. They have since been treated in hospital and discharged.”