Residents turn blast scenes to tourists sites

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 26th, 2014
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•As norlmacy returns to Kaduna

•Checkpoints spring up 

As normalcy returns to Kaduna after Wednesday twin bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis, residents have turned scenes of the explosion to tourists sites.

Meanwhile, normal business activities have since commenced at the densely populated Kawo Market where the second bomb exploded, killing scores and leaving almost 50 people injured.

The Nation recalled that explosions generated tension in Kaduna city before Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero quickly declared a 24-hour curfew to calm the nerves of angry youths who were threatening protest.

It was believed that the first explosion was targeted at the revered Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, as the suicide bomber tried to penetrate his convoy before the bomb went off, killing the bomber and 24 others.

Similarly, Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that the car bomber who detonated the second bomb that killed scores targeted his life.

The Nation, however gathered that the 24-hour curfew, which lasted for only about 20 hours before it was lifted, was initially imposed to prevent a degeneration into crisis, following the anger expressed by supporters of the personalities targeted by the explosions.

Meanwhile, when our correspondent visited the scene of the blast at Kawo yesterday, residents were seen trooping to the scene to catch glimpse of the damages done by the explosion.

When our correspondent visited the scene, a resident said: “My brother, nowhere is safe any longer. If you say because they bombed here,  so you will not pass here again, you are just deceiving yourself.

“Let me tell you, whether we like it or not, we are living in an atmosphere of fear and tension. We can be bombed anywhere and at anytime. We should only pray that God brings these killings to an end.”

In the same vein, the Kawo Market was full to its usual capacity, as the people went about their usual businesses.

However, security check has been intensified at Kawo motor park, while a new military checkpoint has been introduced between the park’s exit gate and the headquarters of 1 Division Nigerian Army.

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