The spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba, has put the casualty figure in Thursday night's bomb explosion in Nyanya at 19 dead and 66 injured.
He also released names of nine hospitals where family members can locate injured victims.
Find full press release below.
POLICE CORDON OFF SCENE OF NYANYA BOMB BLASTS, RELEASE CASUALTY FIGURE, CALL FOR UNITY AGAINST TERROR
Following the unfortunate bomb blast which took place about 7:15pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Abuja, the Police and other law enforcement agents and Emergency Response officers rushed to the scene and evacuated the injured victims to hospital for medical attention.
The blast left 19 persons dead and 66 others with varying degrees of injuries. Six (6) of the injured however have been treated and discharged. Families seeking information as to the whereabouts of their loved ones are advised to visit the following under listed hospitals.
S/NO HOSPITAL INJURED CORPSES DEPOSITED AT THE MORGUE
1 Asokoro General Hospital 34 10
2 Maitama General Hospital 1 -
3 Wuse General Hospital 1 3
4 National Hospital 9 6
5 Mararaba General Hospital 1 -
6 Nyanya General Hospital 1 -
7 Customs Hospital, Karu 4 -
8 Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital 4 -
9 Pan-Raf Hospital, Nyanya 5 -
Total 60 19
The Nigeria Police Force have already commenced full-scale investigation into the blast. It has along with other security agencies cordoned off the scene of the explosion, where the Police Anti-bomb Squad recovered and safely defused three (3) unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
Meanwhile, in order to avoid the contamination of crime scene and protect the public from the risk associated with such crime scenes, members of the public are strongly advised to keep away from all scenes of blasts and other related crimes.
While commiserating with the families of the victims, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, psc has advised the general public to remain calm, security conscious, and support the security agencies in order to defeat terrorism and other acts of criminality in our land.
CSP FRANK E. MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,