As many as eighteen people are feared to have been killed in an explosion that rocked the Central Bank of Nigeria Building in Calabar, South-South Nigeria.
According to the police, the explosion is said to have been caused by a gas cylinder.
Emerging report suggests that eighteen people have been confirmed dead with many others sustaining varying degrees of injury.
Although rescue operations are still undergoing and the exact casualty figure is yet to be ascertained.
An official of the Federal Fire Service at the Calabar Airport who spoke to a VANGUARD reporter said: “I cannot give exact figures of how many people are dead but many people were burnt beyound recognition while many sustained third degree burns; rescue operation is going on to ensure everyone is brought out soon”
The bank is yet to issues a press statement concerning the incident.
The Assistant Inspector Genral of Police, A I G Zone six, Mr Baba Bolanta who also spoke to VANGUARD confirmed eighteen casualties “but no death has been recorded” He said.