JALINGO – Scores of people were feared killed and many others injured on Tuesday night after a bomb exploded at a burukutu (local beer) joint in Iware Village, Ardokola Local Government Area of Taraba State.
However, while residents and security sources spoke of a high casualty figure, some media reports said only about seven people were killed in the explosion.
An eyewitness, Bulus James, explained that a bomb exploded when many people were gathered at a beer parlour in the area.
According to James, someone threw an object into the bar and fled the scene immediately.
Iware, a town 23 killometers from Jalingo, capital of the state, has a major cattle market, which holds every Tuesday.
There was confusion at the market as a result of the incident as traders fled in different directions.
When contacted, the Police public Relations officer of Taraba Command, DSP Usman Abdullahi, confirmed the incident, saying the command received report from the Divisional Police officer in Sunkani, a nearby town.
Abdullahi stated further that three persons were confirmed dead and nineteen others sustained serious injuries in the incident.
He said the injured were taken to Federal Medical Center, Jalingo, where they were receiving treatment. (Daily Trust)