Bomb blast in Benin

Bomb blast in Benin
February 02 22:27 2016

There was tension in Benin on Tuesday as some Improvised Explosive Devices believed to have been abandoned by suspected kidnappers and armed robbers exploded in a residential area of the Edo state capital.

The incident occurred at house number 40 at about 2pm at Zomi street off Upper Sakponba road in Ikpoba Okha local government area.

Eye witnesses said they heard a loud sound that shook their houses and also shattered windows of houses in the area.

Two persons were seriously injured while about six houses were partly damaged in the blast.

It was gathered that policemen recently raided the house looking for kidnappers.

Some eye witnesses said the house was used as the kidnappers hideout before police swooped on them and some of them ran away.

Men of anti-bomb squad led by DCP Musa UBA detonated other explosives found in the compound.

Residents in the area stood at a distance and watched in fear.

Inside the building, the place where the bomb exploded left hole on the ground.

A man who resides in the building, named Emeka, was taken away by the police.