Written by Ismail Mudashir & Maryam
Thursday, 05 July 2012
Soldiers yesterday night invaded Maraban Jos, a prominent small town near Kaduna, following an explosion suspected to be that of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). It was learnt that the explosion was heard when soldiers who were returning from the Army Day celebration were passing through the area.
“Whether the sound was from inside their vehicle or not, I don’t know; all what I know was that the thunderous sound was heard when the soldiers were passing through the area; I don’t know the number of casualty but if there is any, it will be among them,” he said.He said as soon as the sound was heard soldiers were drafted to the area and that they were arresting residents of the area.
But a cleric in a telephone interview said it was not a bomb blast. “A tyre of heavy truck burst when a roadside tyre repairer was fixing it. The heavy sound created confusion among the soldiers who were in their vans. As soon as the sound was heard, they rushed down and took cover,” he said. According to the cleric who pleaded anonymity, the soldiers invaded the area arresting the people indiscriminately.
Contacted, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of 1 Mechanized Division, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed the incident, saying an improvised explosive device (IED)exploded in the area. “There was no life lost, but one person sustained some injuries; he has been taken care of and now recuperating,” he said.
Soldiers, according to him, were now on ground and cordoned off the area, and assured residents of safety of lives and property, urging residents not to panic as they were on top of the situation.