Four persons are feared dead, and 12 others sustained varying degrees of injuries, following an explosion at the Chemical Market in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.
The explosion which occurred at about 12:45 pm led to an inferno, destroying goods and properties worth millions of naira.
According to reports, there was also a stampede in the market as traders fled to safety.
According to sources who spoke to newsmen, the traders had resumed daily business activities at their shops when a loud noise like a bomb blast was heard and thick smoke was seen coming from some shops, this resulted to a pandemonium as everyone scampered for safety.
Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the Anambra State Police command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga explained that the casualty figure was yet to be ascertained as more people were reportedly killed in the inferno.
He however assured that the situation is under control as policemen have been deployed to the market to guarantee the security of goods and properties.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP John Ogbodoaga, has taken charge of the area and the fire service team was also on the ground.”
“The casualty figure is not certain now, but our operatives led by DCP John Ogbodoaga are still there, and the situation has been brought under control.”