Six luxury cars, including two jeeps and a saloon car, were badly damaged early this morning when an Incendiary Explosive Device (IED) planted by a tree, sending residents and revelers at a nearby night club scampering for safety.
“No human casualty,” Yushau Shuaib, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said of the blast late Friday. “The explosives were suspected to have been planted on a tree opposite Kryxtal Lounge.”
An AFP reporter who visited the scene saw a damaged tree and broken windows at the nightclub, a barber shop and a nearby bank.
An Abuja-based lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, whose residence is 50 yards to the scene, said the impact of the explosion caused his windows to shake out of their hinges.
“No question. It was a bomb,” Mr. Mahmud said, in updates he provided via his twitter handle. “You need to be in the vicinity. We were lucky tonight it didn’t happen inside the club (Kryxstal Lounge).”
Police officers, soldiers and NEMA officials later arrived the scene, and were seen inspecting the IED they suspected triggered the explosion after locking down the Aminu Kano Crescent from across Access Bank end to the Parakou Crescent end.
Operatives later took some cars near the scene of the blast away.
Mr. Mahmud quoted a Mr. Annan of NEMA as confirming that the explosion was not a car bomb but an IED, and that there were no casualties.
The police could not be reached for comments.
Mr. Shuaibu added that window glasses of buildings around the vicinity were shattered by the blast.