No fewer than five people were said to have lost their lives in a gas cylinder explosion that rocked Isa, in the Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Sunday.
An eyewitness, Usman Muhammad, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, confirmed the explosion.
Muhammad said the explosion occurred in a welder’s shop.
He said those killed in the explosion included two artisans.
He regretted that such tragedy can occur in an area that has been under bandits’ siege.
“The explosion killed those people by mutilating their bodies. Their bodies were later evacuated by policemen drafted to the scene,” he said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sanusi Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed to our correspondent that the explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon, resulting in the death of four persons.