The death toll for the Kano Bomb blast that occurred yesterday Friday 28th November has been reported by officials as 120 with about 270 injured. This is one of the highest casualty figures in recent times suffered by the citizens of the restive Northern Nigeria. The unfortunate bomb blast occurred at the Kano Central Mosque, a 10,000 capacity mosque led by the Emir of Kano himself, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
About 10 gunmen went on a shooting spree after the blast at the mosque, which is also close to the Emir of Kano’s palace. The emir was nor caught up in the carnage as he had travelled to Saudi Arabia late on Thursday night from Paris.
A rescue official, who spoke with AFP, put casualty figures at almost 400, adding that 120 were killed and 270 hurt in the three explosions that rocked the mosque.
Witnesses said the incident happened just as residents were getting set for Friday prayers.
One eyewitness, who spoke with the BBC’s Focus on Africa, said, “The imam was about to start prayer when he saw somebody in a car trying to force himself into the mosque. But when people stopped him, he detonated the explosions. People started running helter-skelter.”
Another worshipper, Aminu Abdullahi, who also spoke to AFP, said, “Two bombs exploded, one after the other, in the premises of the Grand Mosque seconds after the prayers had started.”
“A third one went off in a nearby road close to the Qadiriyya Sufi order. The blasts were followed by gunshots by the police to scare off potential attacks.”
His account was backed up by another witness, Hajara Tukur, who said she lives nearby.
A senior rescue official confirmed that several bodies had been brought to just one Kano area hospital, while over 126 people had been admitted with injuries at three facilities.
“Those figures are going to climb,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Meanwhile, two suspected bomber were said to have been arrested at the scene of the incident, just as youths took to the street to protest what they called negligence by the police for not doing enough to protect the lives and property of the people.
The last bomb blast in Kano was just on November 14 as a suicide bomber attack at a filling station killed six people, including three policemen.
The Kano blasts came after a bomb attack was also foiled at a mosque in Maiduguri on Friday morning; five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.