… Car crash into Ugep market kills eight
AMID heightened tension over Iran and United States of America row, about 80 US citizens were killed yesterday when about 15 missiles were launched by Iran on American targets in Iraq.
But a Tehran state television described those that lost their lives to the strike as ‘American terrorists’ adding that none of the missiles was intercepted.
A senior Revolutionary Guards source said Iran had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington took any retaliatory measures but disclosed that U.S. helicopters and military equipment were ‘severely damaged’ although the claim was refuted by a U.S. military official who said there were no immediate reports of American casualties.
Iran launched missile attacks on American-led forces in Iraq in the early hours predicating same on what Tehran said was done in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian army general, Qassem Soleimani.
U.S. troops reportedly had early warnings of the attack and were able to sound the alarms at least at one of the two targeted bases, with those in harm’s way given facilities to head for safety in bunkers during the attack.
Meanwhile, no sooner were the missile attacks confirmed by United States than President Donald Trump announced new economic sanctions against Tehran.
Although he did not call for more military action against Iran, Trump’s first formal public remarks about the conflict since ordering the drone strike of Iran’s most important general last week introduced retaliatory measures that observers fear may end the standoff soon.
According to him, United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.
Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary Mark T. Esper and other military officials, the president did little to explain his reasoning for ordering Qassim Soleimani’s death.
Similarly, no fewer than eight persons have been reported dead after a vehicle lost control and rammed into a market in Ugep, along the Ikom-Calabar Highway in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The incident occurred when a Toyota Camry failed brake and skidded into the capacity-full market.
Eyewitnesses said that three people died on the spot while five others later died in the hospital.
According to Patrick Ofem, the vehicle descended from a hilly junction at about 3pm and the braking system failed, making it to lose control and ram into the market.