Breaking: Several injured as explosion rocks Rivers state

Breaking: Several injured as explosion rocks Rivers state

- Residents have expressed concerns over a loud explosion that rocked part of mile 3 market in Port Harcourt local government area of Rivers state

- The Rivers state police command has commenced an investigation to ascertain the cause of the blast, promising to make the findings public

- However, normalcy has returned to the area as commercial activities resumed, while the injured have received treatment

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A substance suspected to be dynamite exploded at the popular Mile 3 Park in Port Harcourt, Rivers injuring about six people.

Breaking: Several injured as explosion rocks Rivers state
Police operatives during training in Abuja. Photo: @PoliceNG
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The Punch reported that the incident occurred on Monday, morning, May 31, by 6.20am when traders were bringing in their goods and others opening for business.

Traders and motorists reportedly scampered for safety after the device exploded at the dry fish section of the park.

According to Vanguard, no fatality so far has been recorded following the incident.

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The publication stated that the people who suffered injuries due to the blast were taken for medical treatment.

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The spokesman of the Rivers state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, said police were going to the area to ascertain what transpired.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said that no fewer than seven operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Rivers community were killed in a joint clearance operation carried out with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

PM News reported that that the Army also said that it also arrested five operatives of ESN, an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), while arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

According to the report, this was contained in a statement issued by the Army authority on the night of Thursday, May 27, saying that the operation took place at about 6.15 pm.

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In another news, the governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Sunday, May 30, stated that he does not believe in the creation of Biafra through violence.

Ikpeazu made the disclosure when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

According to him, there are better means of going about such agitation, adding that it can be achieved in a civil manner.


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