At least four people lost their lives at the New Road Luxury Park, Sabon Gari, Kano, northwest Nigeria Thursday afternoon when a low-profile Improvised Explosive Device, IED, exploded.
When P.M.NEWS Correspondent visited the area, security personnel and Park Task Force were removing the bodies, including unspecified number of people who got injured.
According to eyewitness account, the bomb exploded at about 2:30 p.m. when a Luxury bus marked Ifeanyi Chukwu Motors was offloading passengers.
“The luxury bus just returned from Port Harcourt and was off-loading passengers when the blast occurred. No one can tell whether the bomb was planted inside the bus or the carts that were coming to take passenger’s loads.
“I may not be able to tell you the number of casualties, but I counted four dead bodies, while I saw many people with blood stains running for dear lives,” the eyewitness said.
The incident created fear and panic within the Sabon Gari community as many people were seen closing their shops.
P.M.NEWS can report that the blast did minor damage to a number of luxury buses.
The incident paralysed activities in the park as both passengers, business owners and workers at the park deserted the place.
Security operatives have cordoned off the area as at the time of filing this report. The state Commissioner of Police, Adenrele Shinaba who arrived the scene of the incident a few minutes after the blast said it will be too hasty to say anything on the number of casualties.
P.M.NEWS recalls that on Monday, 18 March, 2013, both workers and travellers at the New Road Luxury Motor Park were taken unawares when bombers struck at the park which generates millions of naira for business men and Kano state government through Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
On that day at about 4:30pm, when most of the first buses, like the ill-fated Lagos-bound Gobison-owned bus were fully loaded, bombers in a Volkswagen Golf car casually drove into the park.
Hell was let loose when there was a big bang from the Golf car which had already made its way close to the fully loaded Lagos-bound Gobison bus. This was followed by other blasts in four other buses that set the luxury park on fire.
Scores of people lost their lives. Two buses owned by Gobison Transport, two buses marked Ezenwata Transport Limited and one other owned by Chimezie Transport Limited were burnt.