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Explosion rocks Bayelsa estate

Explosion rocks Bayelsa estate

An explosive went off at the Okaka Estate, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Tuesday causing panic among the residents.

Although nobody died, one person was reportedly injured.

The Nation gathered that the device exploded at the Road 6 of the estate at about 11am shortly after the morning rain.

The explosion was said to have occurred from an old blue Nissan Sunny car parked along the road by unknown persons.

A resident of the area said the device exploded from the boot of the vehicle.

“It only rocked the boot of the car shattering its back screen. Somebody was injured because at the time of the explosion, some people were in and around the car. They took to their heels to save their lives,” the resident who pleaded anonymity said.

It was further learnt that the operatives of the anti-bomb squad from the state police command immediately cordoned off the area.

The affected car was said to have been towed to the Ekeki Police Station in Yenagoa.

One of the residents who identified himself as John said though they were initially scared, they later discovered that it was not a serious matter.

“We were afraid initially. But when we got to the scene, we discovered it was a minor incident. Whatever exploded was not a bomb. Only the back screen of the car was affected,” he said.

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident and said nobody was injured.

He, however, dispelled insinuation that the device that went off from the car was a bomb.

He said preliminary investigations revealed that a police teargas canister caused the explosion.

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