UPDATED: Many feared dead as explosion hits Akure

*13 injured, 70 houses, school facilities damaged

 

An explosion has occurred along Akure-Owo highway in Ondo state Capital, on Saturday morning, just few metres to Akure Airport.

It was gathered that the incident which occurred around 1:00 am, destroyed a major church as many people were reportedly feared killed.

It reportedly left a gully on the highway.

A source told iBrandTV that, “An explosive Devices suspected to be bomb that are being transported exploded along Akure-Owo highway in Ondo state.

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“The big blast caused apprehension among most residents of Akure, Obaile, Eleyowo, Iluabo, Osi and environs in Ondo state.”

Confirming the development, Ondo state police command stated that the explosion was caused when a truck conveying explosives to a quarry company in Edo State exploded at the airport junction area.

Police commissioner Undie Adie told newsmen in Akure that” The truck was flagged down by policemen at a check point. They notified the truck driver of a flame of fire under the truck, it reportedly exploded when they came down to ascertain the cause of the fire

Meanwhile findings showed that over 70 houses were damaged by the explosion.

No fewer than 13 worshipers inside Possibility Prayer Mountain for All Nation Church were injured and rushed to the hospital.

The highway had been cut off thereby preventing motorists travelling to the Northern part of the country from gaining access.

About seven structures in a school opposite the church were equally destroyed. Three security guards in the school were injured and rushed to the Hospital.

 

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