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Police Say Rivers State Court Bombing Was Not Designed To Kill

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The Nigerian Police says the bomb that exploded in the premises of the Nigerian Bar Association, secretariat located within the premises of the Ahoada East High Court in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria, was not designed to kill.

Taiwo Akingbehin, the officer-in-charge of the Police Bomb Squad, said that the strength of the explosive used in the fabrication of the devices was not enough to pull down the building.

Eye witnesses said that they sighted an object suspected to be dangerous on the floor at the entrance of the court premises at about 08:30 am local time after the initial explosion that occurred at about 2:00am.

“They reported to the police in Ahoada and a number of police officers were dispatched to the location and one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered.

He said that investigations revealed that two IEDs were thrown into the compound from outside.

“The two were initiated but only one went off. The other one did not go off due to a technical fault,” he said, reading from a report put together by the bomb squad.

“From the strength of the explosive used in the fabrication of these devices, It is technically ascertained that the motive behind the throwing of the explosive was not to kill, he said.

Mr Akingbehin also said that investigation was ongoing.

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No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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