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Thursday, July 17 2003

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Vol 16 No.142

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  • 1 Killed in Lagos explosion

    1 Killed in Lagos explosion

    IYKE AMAECHI, CHRISTIE OHUABUNWA and SOPURUCHI ONWUKA

    MEMORIES of the January 27, 2002 Lagos bomb explosions re-echoed as another blast rocked the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja on Tuesday, killing one person.

    Bomb experts from the police, who have cordoned off the major point of the blast at the hospital’s obstetrics and gynaechology department (popularly called Ayinke House), reportedly took samples of the debris.

    Body of the victim was seen badly mangled and recovered by a combined team of soldiers and policemen from the police bomb disposal squad.

    The explosion, which occurred at about 10.00 p.m., threw the entire hospital and those living around it into a panic.

    Although the explosion occurred at the hospital’s outside fence opposite the post office, on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way Ikeja, it created a large hole on the fence.

    Eye witnesses who spoke with Daily Champion yesterday said while not being sure of the cause of the explosion, a bomb could not be ruled out.

    Police sources said the explosion could have been from some of the undetected bombs which flew from Ikeja Cantonment in last year’s blasts and may have consequently heated up.

    Police bomb experts, who will speak today after their preliminary investigation, are troubled that there may still be many explosives not detected within the Ikeja area, major scene of last year’s blasts.

    Meanwhile, the state police image-maker, Mr. Emmanuel Ighodalo, Deputy Superintendent (DSP), who confirmed the incident, said they will investigate and announce the outcome soon.

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