In Benin Bomb blast destroys 5 houses

The bomb blast occurred in the Sakponba area of Benin City, Edo State on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at about 3pm

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An explosion has destroyed five houses in the Sakponba area of Benin City, Edo State reports say.

The bomb blast occurred on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at about 3pm, Vanguard reports.

“We learned that the bungalow where the bomb detonated was being used as a hide out for kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and police invaded the place and arrested the suspects,” a police source said.

“So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn refuse in the compound. He set the refuse on fire and went out to buy something.

“Immediately he left, the bomb exploded. He was not aware that the kidnappers, who once used the house, had left some bombs behind,” the source added.

There are no known casualties from the incident and bomb disposal experts are reportedly inspecting the building to see if there are any more explosives inside.

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