…military says it was an accident

An explosion, which went off at the headquarters of 3 Armoured Division, Maxwell khobe Cantonment in Jos, Plateau State has left two soldiers dead while another soldier sustained serious injuriesarmy

National Mirror gathered that the explosion was heard in the cantonment around 11 am from a section where troops were working to transport unserviceable ammunition in the barracks for disposal when the ammunition exploded killing the two soldiers and injuring another.

Deputy Director, Army Public Relations officer of the Division, Col. Texas Chukwu, who confirmed the incident in a statement yesterday said: “I want to use this medium to state that this cantonment was not under attack or attacked by the insurgents. There is an ongoing demolition exercise, which started on Wednesday,20th April 2015 to terminate on the 4th May,2015.

“The public were informed in the media. The explosion heard in the cantonment was from an accident that occurred while troops authorised to destroy unserviceable ammunition exploded in the process of being moved to the demolition site.

“The explosion did not affect the cantonment or the neighbouring communities. Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives and one sustained injury. Normalcy has since returned to the area”, Chukwu stated.

Confirming the unfortunate incident in a statement yesterday, in Abuja, the Nigerian Army through its Acting Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, indicated that the explosion was not caused by the enemy but bad ammunition that were been transported by troops to the bush for destruction.

By this, the Army has allayed fears of any attack in Jos, Plateu state after the explosion which caused serious security scare.

The Army described the explosion as an accident stressing that there was no reason for panic in the state.

“Some of the unserviceable ammunition exploded in the process of moving them to demolition site in the bush.

“Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives and one sustained injuries. Normalcy has returned to the area”, the AHQ confirmed.”

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