20 confirmed dead, scores injured
Twin bomb explosions yesterday occurred in Kano State, leaving about 20 people dead. The incident which occured at the palm centre, a popular mobile phone market in Kano, also left a lot of people seriously injured.
The explosions, according to eye witnesses in the ancient city, has created tension as the mayhem was said to be perpetrated by teenage suicide bombers.
The explosion is coming barely 24 hours after over 30 people were confirmed dead in an explosion that rocked Yola, the Adamawa state capital. Reports also said security operatives have arrived the scene of the popular market and have cordoned off the area as residents scampered for their lives in panic, following the ugly development.
Exactly a year ago, a similar incident occurred in the state, sending jitters in the spine of residents.
An eye witness told Nigerian Pilot that, immediately after the first explosion occurred at the market entrance, the second device exploded near a pavilion in the centre of the market, explaining that two vans filled with victims were driven away from the scenes of the explosions.
According to the source, a teenage suicide bomber was believed to be behind one of the explosions.
Another witness confirmed that he was among those who prevented the teenage bomber from entering the market, forcing her to detonate her device at the gate.
When contacted, Kano State Police Commissioner, Muhammadu Katsina, confirmed that the two explosive devices were detonated by two female suicide bombers.
Mr. Katsina maintained that only three people died in the incident while eight others were injured but witnesses claimed that more person were counted dead.
Yesterday’s blast is the first attack on Kano since July 6 when a female suicide bomber struck near a mosque in the city, killing herself.
The teenage bomber had detonated the explosive at 9:30 pm that day after she was prevented from accessing the Umar Bin Khatab mosque along Zaria Road. The incident happened just as faithful were dispersing after observing the late night (Tarawih) prayer.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for increased vigilance among the civilian population to help ward off suicide terror attacks on soft targets around the country. The President said this while condemning the Yola and Kano suicide bombings.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Adamawa and Kano States.
“President Buhari reassures Nigerians that his administration is very much determined to wipe out Boko Haram in Nigeria and bring all perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity to justice.
“The President urges all Nigerians not to despair in the face of cowardly terrorist attacks but to have confidence in the ability of Nigeria’s reinvigorated, well-equipped and well-motivated Armed Forces and security agencies to overcome Boko Haram very soon.
“He believes, however, that vigilance is a potential life saver, since security agents cannot be everywhere to deter every planned attack.
Citizen’s vigilance will therefore help to reduce the frequency of such attacks,” the statement read.
In his reaction, former Aviation Minster, Femi Fani Kayode wondered why bomb blasts have continued repeatedly even six months after the present administration that promised to flush out Boko Haram took over.
His words, “A bomb went off in Yola yesterday (Tuesday) with many killed. Today (Wednesday) it is Kano. What is Buhari doing to fight terror? Is this the change he promised?”