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Explosion destroys many houses, injures many in Ondo

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An explosion in Akure, Ondo state, on Saturday morning, destroyed many houses and caused varying injuries.

The explosion suspected to be a bomb blast cut off the busy Akure/Owo road.

The incident, which happened less than a kilometre to Akure Airport, affected many residents of Eleyowo community, destroying the church and the school in the area.

Many people, who lived within the the church premises, were said to have been wounded.

The site at which the explosion happened has a deep crater cutting off the road and hindering vehicular movement.

The blast was said to have occurred when a truck conveying explosives to a quarry in another state exploded at the airport junction area of Akure.

Addressing journalists at the scene of the incident, Undie Adie, Ondo commissioner of police, said the explosives were duly escorted by men of the police ordnance department, but that the vehicle conveying the items developed a fault.

He said they noticed smoke was coming out of the engine of the vehicle which later resulted in a fire setting off the explosives.

The security operatives ran away from the scene the moment the fire became uncontrollable, The Cable reports.

On March 15, an explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos led to the death of 22 people and the destruction of many houses.