Explosion kills 1, injures soldier in Yobe


An iron pipe worked on by a local welder in Damaturu, Yobe State, exploded Wednesday, killing the technician and seriously injuring a soldier who brought the pipe, eyewitnesses and army officials said.

The deafening explosion which echoed all over the town has caused serious panic as residents feared it was an attack from Boko Haram insurgents.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the explosion occurred when a local welder was using heat flame to weld a pipe brought by soldiers, for use as improvised communication antenna needed for their security vehicle.

It was not clear whether the pipe contained explosives.

A witness said as the welder began to work, the pipe exploded killing him and ripping the soldier’s abdomen open.
Iman Ibrahim, who hawks wares around the area, told journalists that “the explosion had shredded the body of the welder, while the soldier who was standing close by and giving the welder instructions on what to do was seriously injured”.

“We all saw the soldier sprawling on the ground with his entire intestine ripped out of his stomach, and surprisingly he was still alive and conscious of all that was happening. But I doubt if he would survive even though he was rushed to the hospital,” said Mr. Ibrahim.

The spokesman of 127 Taskforce Brigade Lieutenant, George Okupe, who confirmed the development to journalists on phone, said “some soldiers from the troops in Goniri here in Yobe State brought a pipe to be welded to increase the height of the antenna on one of their hilux car to the welder and the unfortunate incident occurred in the process of the job”.

“The incident occurred at about 10.30 am at the shop of the welder. One of our soldiers was wounded in the accidental explosion with one civilian. Both have been taken to the Gen. Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital Damaturu.”

Some locals suspected the soldiers may have brought in a pipe abandoned by Boko Haram, which had explosives in it.

Mr. Okupe, a lieutenant, dismissed claims that the explosion had anything to do with Boko Haram.

He urged journalists to await the report from the Police Explosive Ordinance Department who investigating the cause of the explosion.

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  • Comfortkay

    Every one in this country need to think big and fast, until door to door search like a censor is being carried out in Borno state we will never fish out the terrorist there.
    That is what need to happen else the next ten years we shall stll be fighting boko Haram.

    • vagabonds in power


      • Wale

        If na joke make you stop am oo.

        yes, “DEM TOLDED US LIES”

  • think2Wice

    BLASPHEMY – 8 Killed (Burnt alive in Zamfara)

    “Some students of the polytechnic reportedly burnt down a house in which eight persons resident there were all burnt to death. The house was burnt because one person living in it is alleged to have committed blasphemy”
    The president on Tuesday said via his twitter handle that he “received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay” calling it “barbaric and unacceptable.” The President also tweeted “I assure that the law will take its course. My prayers are with the families of the victims…Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever,” he said. – Premium Times

    Did you observe Bokohari’s statements? “The law will take its course” He never tells you that Islamist terrorists or those Animals who kill human beings will be PUNISHED or dealt with decisively. He only says that when he speaks of opposition party members he considers corrupt. What a shame. How did Nigeria get here??????

  • Otile

    Elsewhere in the words of Aboki Usman: the explosion fatally wounded one soldier, insha Allah the soldier is expected to survive.