Explosion injures five in BauchiFive persons were injured in Bauchi on Friday night when an explosive device was detonated by an unsuspecting woman in an unoccupied building.
The incidence occurred in Wunti Dada, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis when the woman, Mrs Helen Ishaku, and her two year-old son, Goodluck, entered the house to retrieve a broom.
Doctors at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, where three of the victims were treated, said that their condition was stable.
One of the patients, Ishaku, said she stepped on something she could not describe at the site of the blast, adding that it went off and injured her.
Ishaku said ``We had gone to the house to collect the broom we borrowed people renovating it earlier in the day. We checked the toilet side.
``When we did not see the broom, I told the other four people who were with us that we should leave. It is like my body was trying to respond to something.
``Immediately I took a step from the side of the toilet, my left leg hit something I cannot describe. In a twinkle of an eye, something loud went off. I just saw myself on the ground with blood on my legs and face.
She added that following the commotion, she was left helpless until a student, Ali Ibrahim, came around.
Mrs Rita Solomon, a nine month old pregnant woman, who was also slightly injured, but not on admission in the hospital, said that she and her three year-old son, Prince Solomon, were hit by the blast outside their house close to the building.
"I was outside with my son when I heard a loud bang and before I knew it, we were all on the ground, with the hand of my son bleeding profusely."
She said that for the past three days, the house, which was unoccupied for long, had been under renovation, and that they did not know who owned the house.
Bauchi State Police Command's Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Barau, confirmed the incident.
"There was a blast in Wunti Dada area of Bauchi on Friday night. It was a surface blast that did not cause serious damages and there was no loss of lives, except that some people were injured.
"The explosives are the type used in breaking rocks. No arrests have been made but we have commenced investigations on the matter."
The situation in major parts of the city, including the central market, was calm while people went about their normal businesses.