UNSETTLING NEWS is starting to reach us that an explosion has occurred on Cat III. Initial reports suggest no-one has been killed but many have been injured.
The explosion was centred around the offices of Material Acquisitions - the mining arm of Quafe - in the largest of their colonies on the planet near the Northern pole.
The metallic planet has been home to many prosperous mining colonies and renowned for its investment from the Caldari mega Nugoeihuvi Corporation. For this reason, Cat has often been seen as the jewel in the economic crown of Eustron and, as such, a terrorist incident has not been ruled out.
The explosions occurred at the shift change between the day and night office staff when the buildings were at their most empty which, thankfully, reduced the casualty count. At this point, it is unclear how many were injured and we are awaiting an official statement.
UPDATE - JULIEN CALLE - head of the first responders in Cat III - has spoken to the press in the last few minutes. Whilst an accident has not been ruled out, “due to the location of the epicentres of the explosions and a calling card left at the scene which was resistant to the EM and thermal bombs we believe were planted, it is highly likely that this was a terrorist incident.”
He went on to describe the calling card as ‘a black metallic alloy with a golden flame embossed onto it’ and suggested it would require ‘great wealth as only held by few individuals but of a level negligible for most capsuleers’. He refused to comment on whether he believed it was due to the recent announcement that Nugoeihuvi has awarded Quafe the licence to Starsi in both the State and Empire or their working together as a part of the PKN Interstellar Consortium.
NOH and Quafe were approached for comment but had not responded at time of publication.