Friday, March 11, 2016

Explosion at CBN Calabar, many feared dead


An explosion at The Central Bank of Nigeria in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, on Friday afternoon has caused the death of up to 18 people, reports say.

The explosion happened place at about 11.45 am at the bank's location at Calabar Road by the Millennium Park  leaving many staff and visitors trapped in, Vanguard reports.

When Vanguard visited the scene at 12 noon, a team of mobile policemen and soldiers assisted by nurses and personnel of the Nigeria Security and civil defense Corps were seen keeping guard over the place while officials of the Federal and State Fires Services were putting out the fire and rescuing those trapped in the building. “I cannot give exact figures of how many people are dead but many people were burnt beyound recognition while many sustained third degree burns; rescue operation is going on to ensure everyone is brought out soon” An Official of the Federal Fire Service at the Calabar Airport told Vanguard.


 Ambulances from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH and General Hospital Calabar were brought in to evacuate the dead and those wounded while rescue efforts were being made to extricate those still inside. The cause of explosion has not yet been ascertained.

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