An explosion on Tuesday evening occurred in Iware village of Ardo-Kola local government council of Taraba State, killing many people.
The incident, which DAILY POST learnt occurred at a popular drinking joint, was also confirmed to have left several persons with various degrees of injuries.
Sources from the area who spoke with DAILY POST through telephone said the incident occurred at about 4.30 p.m.
The affected persons are those who had gone to the cattle market to buy and sell.
According to our source “most of the victims are those who after their business activities in the market decided to go to the joint for relaxation.”
The explosion, which many of them alleged to be a bomb was said to have been brought into the joint by a teenager, who also died in the incident.
Though when reached for confirmation, the police claimed only three persons were killed and 19 injured, but eyewitness accounts had it that several numbers of persons were killed as a result of the incident.
Our sources who couldn’t ascertain the exact numbers of casualties at the time of filing this report claimed to have sighted no fewer than ten corps on the ground while trying to escape the scene.
Other persons from the community, who also bared their minds to Daily Post, said some persons were injured beyond recognition.
Believing that the casualty figures will increase before daybreak, the need for the state government to as a matter of urgency wade in by evacuating the victims to the Federal Medical Centre Jalingo and the state specialist hospital, they believed has become necessary.
Admitting that there was an explosion in Iware village, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abdullahi Usman, told our correspondent that “three persons were killed and nineteen injured.”
According to him, the injured victims at the time of filing this report have been rescued at health facilities in the council and are being treated.