A bomb was detonated in a local restaurant in Kara community in Ogbaru Local Government Area, near Onitsha in Anambra State on Tuesday night, May 3, 2016 around 8pm.
“The bomber is a man who came to the area, mostly populated by Northerners, and asked for a restaurant to eat for N150. He was directed to the eatery where he dropped his bag and asked for food. He ended up taking a few spoons of the food and leaving the place,” an eyewitness told our reporter.
“Unknown to the people, he left behind a bomb in his bag which was later detonated about 5 minutes after the mystery man left, and injured seven people including a woman identified as Chioma.”
Seven people were injured in the blast which rocked the Kara area. The victims were taken to a private hospital, Chioma Hospital. According to our source, three of the victims who were critically injured were transferred to St. Charles Borromeo Hospital in Onitsha.
“The bomber spoke in Hausa language, he looked haggard, like a traveller. Nobody suspected he had evil intentions,” another eye-witness told The Trent. “I can’t believe Boko Haram has come to Anambra. This is terrible.”
By the time our reporter visited the scene of the bomb blast, security agencies had already visited the scene and cordoned off the crime scene. Eyewitnesses say that a team of Navy officials had just left before our reporter arrived.
A Navy checkpoint is close the the place where the bomb blast occurred.
“A Naval base is not far from here,” a middle-aged trader who gave his name as Musa disclosed to our reporter.