Several explosives seized from Boko Haram militants blew up at a police station in northern Nigeria on Thursday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said.
The devices stored in a police station went off when an officer tried moving them, said Ahmed Sajo, Adamawa state information commissioner in Yola, where the explosion happened.
“Many police (officers) are feared dead,” he said. The national emergency agency NEMA put the death toll at four.
The Adamawa state authorities confirmed the suspected bomb blast at the premises of Adamawa Motor Traffic Department of the Nigeria Police.
Police authorities said the blast at the Jimeta Police station which houses the headquarters of the command anti-bomb squad, was caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram suspects.
Police chief in charge of the state Mohammed Gazali said the recovered bombs exploded from the store where the exhibits were being kept and most of those affected were policemen.
The police station houses the state Central Investigation Bureau, Motor Traffic Department and the police tailoring section.
The divisional police headquarters was badly damaged as a result of the powerful blast, according to a witness identified as Mohammed Bello.
“The powerful blast even shattered the doors and glass windows of buildings in the area,” he said.
Atiku Bala, another witness, said there might be a high number of casualties because the divisional police headquarters was usually jampacked.
Moreover, an elementary school located directly opposite the divisional police headquarters in Jimeta was in session, with pupils in their classrooms when the blast occurred, the witness said.
The blast caused public panic because the location of the police station is in a strategic commercial area surrounded by a market, school, prison yard, post office and a TV station.