Barely 24 hours after the conclusion of the Arewa Conference on Peace and Unity in Kaduna, an explosion yesterday rocked the city. Twelve people died, many others injured, some in critical condition.
No group had claimed responsibility for the explosion last night.
The explosion occurred around 9 a m at Oriakpata, a popular vehicle spare parts market on the Katsina/Ogbomoso road, opposite the former Scala Cinema.
Eye witnesses told The Nation that two men on an army green Honda motorcycle threw a bag into one of the shops on House 32, Ogbomoso Road. It immediately exploded.
One of the two riders died on the spot. The other was taken by security agents to an unknown destination. He was unconscious.
Among the 12 people believed to have died from the explosion so far are two children.
The injured were taken to hospitals where about two of them are believed to be in intensive care. One sustained first degree burns. Eleven shops were affected.