UPDATED: 10 feared dead, several injured in Jalingo blast

UPDATE Ibiang Mbasekei, The spokesperson of Taraba state police command has told Reuters news agency that no police officer was killed in the suicide bomb attack on the convoy of the state’s police commissioner Monday morning.

“A suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle rammed into the police outrider on the convoy of the Commissioner of Police,” he said. “The bomb went off, killing the bomber,and injuring the outrider. The CP escaped unhurt, but the windshield to his car was badly damaged”

He confirmed that three persons lost their lives, one was the bomber, and the other two, passers-by.

Initial report

Reports reaching us say an explosion has gone off in Jalingo, the Taraba State Capital.

A part of the state’s ministry of finance, has been blown apart. The explosion occurred as civil servants resume work for the week.

We cannot ascertain casualty figure and extent of destruction at this time. But a source said about 10 dead bodies have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that 10 people have been confirmed dead.”


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Another source, who was in Jalingo to execute a contract for a ministry said, “I came to network a ministry here. I was with the programme manager when the explosion occured.

“The hospital has lots of casualties.”

Police spokesperson, Ibiang Mbasike, confirmed the incident but did not give any casualty figure.

There are reports that the state commissioner of police was targeted  but that could not be independently confirmed.


Meanwhile, the Police in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, have found an unexploded bomb in a car parked near a magistrate court by the police roundabout in the town. Operatives have cordoned off the area.



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