No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead following an explosion from a shop of a local welder in Isa Local Government Area in the troubled eastern senatorial district of Sokoto State.
The Spokesman of Sokoto State Police Command, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed to Channels Television that the explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon resulting in the death of four persons.
He said the explosion is not connected to the security challenges bedevilling the area but was a result of an explosion from a cylinder in the shop of the local welder in the area.
Asides from the four persons that lost their lives, three others who sustained injuries and are in critical condition are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state, according to the police PRO.
Eyewitnesses in the community, however, put casualty figures to five and claimed several other persons sustained different degrees of injuries, They said it is a difficult period for the people who have suffered a series of attacks from armed bandits.
When contacted, the Chairman of the local government, Abubakar Yusuf Danali, confirmed the incident but could not confirm casualty figures because he is not in town at the time of the unfortunate development.