Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed nine persons died while 10 others were left with serious injuries in a gas explosion that occurred early morning yesterday in the Sabon Gari suburb of Kano state.

Providing an update on the gas cylinder explosion, the NEMA Kano Territorial coordinator, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, confirmed that the explosion, which occurred at Aba Road in Sabon Gari of Fagge local government area, Kano, has increased to nine as at yesterday

“Nine dead bodies were recovered from a collapsed building affected by the explosion and have been deposited at the mortuary at Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

“Ten persons injured and were taken to various hospitals out of which two have been discharged,” he said.

He noted that the director-general of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Habib, was at the scene of the incident.

“The director-general NEMA led the rescue team and excavators were mobilised to ensure removal of trapped victims. NEMA rescue team were at the site of the incident to investigate and ascertain the impact of the explosion,” h said.

According to him, the rescue operation started at about 10 a.m and officially closed at about 5:15 p.m, and was well coordinated.

He called on the general public, particularly those living in the affected area, to remain calm and warned against spreading fake news.

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