The Nigerian capital of Abuja witnessed the explosions of two tanker trucks in rush hour on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, seriously injuring one person. According to the reports, panicked passers-by fled the scenes of both accidents as the city is still tense with the threats and terror attacks from Nigeria’s radical religious sect Boko Haram.
One tanker exploded at a gas station in the Wuse neighborhood, while the other caught on fire near a gas station on a busy street. Firefighters were on the scene to spray down the remains of the trucks. It is uncertain why the accidents occured, but reports say there were no signs of sabotage.
According to the AP’s Jon Gambrell, Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency confirmed that only one person was hospitalized with serious injuries.
“The fires were quenched,” he said.
Meanwhile police are still investigating the cause of the explosions, both of which occurred in very critical locations. Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said the tanker which exploded at the Wuse gas station had been pumping fuel when it exploded.
He speculated that the cause could have been electrical, but added that they were not certain. The explosions sparked fear amongst residents who have so far been living under the threats of an imminent attack by Boko Haram, the radical sect that claimed responsibilty for the Damaturu killings in November and the bombing of the UN building in Abuja on 26 August.