Police Station Blast Kills Ten in Northeast Nigerian City

An explosion hit a police station near the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, according to an eye witness.

“I heard a deafening bang,” said Ibrahim Abubakar, a trader whose shop is outside the headquarters of the Jimeta Divisional Police Station. “I saw smoke around the station and over 10 bodies,” he said. A statement from the National Emergency Management Agency said four people died and others were injured.

The blast at Jimeta, the administrative center of Adamawa state, may have been an accidental detonation from a stored device, Haruna Furo, the executive secretary of the state’s emergency agency, said by phone. Some people are trapped in the police building, he said. “We don’t think it’s a suicide bomb,” Furo said from the scene.

The population of the Yola-Jimeta greater area doubled to almost 800,000 people last year at the height a refugee crisis caused by Boko Haram. The Islamist group’s seven-year campaign to impose its version of Shariah in the region has left thousands of people dead and forced more than 2.2 million others to flee their homes. In the first attack by militants in Jimeta last year, suicide bombers killed at least 30 people.

A primary school and post office were also affected by the blast, NEMA said in the statement.

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