Benin explosion not terrorists attack - Army

The Nigerian army has clarified that the explosion that occurred at a house in Benin on Tuesday was not a terrorist attack, advising of residents of city and Edo State to go about their business without any fear of terrorists attack.
An explosion Tuesday afternoon at 40, Zomi Zomi Street, off Upper Sakponba Road in Benin affected at least four houses and injured two people, leading to apprension that it was a terrorist attack.
Residents of the area, who spoke Nigerian Tribune, attributed the explosion to explosives kept inside an abandoned thrash can outside the compound, pointing out that the explosives got heated up and exploded when an occupant was burning them.
Speaking when he visited the scene of the explosion Wednesday morning, the Commandant of 4 Brigade, Benin, Brigadier General Farouk Yahaya, said there was no way the incident could be linked to a terrorists attack.
He said, "by my assessment and that of others, it is obvious that it is not a terrorist attack. It is not an attack on this place and the people around here can bear witness to that. Perhaps it was something that was buried in the ground that exploded.
"We are grateful to God that people were not close by when it occurred, otherwise it could have been fatal. What happened to nearby houses was vibration of the explosion."
General Yahaya said the people of the area to be mindful of the people leaving around them and strangers, saying "when you see something you don't know or something you don't understand, call security agents."
Meanwhile, owners of some houses affected by the explosion have started to count their losses after the blast damaged their buildings.
Worst hit was a house belonging to 60-year retiree, Mr Albert Uhumagboun, whose house shares the same fence with the house where the explosion occurred.
The explosion affected the roof of the bungalow, destroyed the window louvres and damaged the ceilings of many rooms in the house.
Mr Uhumagboun said there was fear that his entire house was no longer save for habitation and that there would be need to pull it down, even as he declared that he did not have any means of repairing the damage done to his house by the explosion.

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