At least 10 people, among them suspected prostitutes and hotel staff, were injured in a Zaria hotel explosion.
A witness said the blast occurred on Wednesday night at Cosmopolitan Hotel on Uche Road, Sabo Garin area in Zaria, Kaduna State, when a suspected terrorist dropped a polythene bag containing explosives in the hotel.
It was gathered that the bomber strolled into the hotel, dropped a polythene bag and left the vicinity immediately.
Reports said some of the visitors, who sighted the bomber, raised the alarm and chased the suspect but were unable to apprehend him.
A few minutes later, the bag exploded and injured those around.
Yesterday morning, security operatives were drafted to the hotel and cordoned off the area, while manhunt for the bomber was intensified.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mallam Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident but said only four people were injured in what he described as a minor blast.
He said: “Our men were able to get to the scene of the incident immediately we were told and condoned off the area.
“We were able to recover some particles of the materials used for the Improvised Explosive Devise, IED. Only workers of the hotel were affected.”