Scores Killed in Kano GSM Market Twin Blasts

Many were feared dead in Kano, Wednesday, from twin blasts at the heart of GSM market, Nassarawa GRA.

Eyewitnesses said that the Improvised Explosive Device was planted close to the generator serving the market, while the second bomb went off at the heart of the market

The blast which went off during the late afternoon prayers triggered pandemonium within the vicinity.

Traders were seen carrying corpses and injured people to hospitals in cars owned by good Samaritans.

The Kano state police commissioner, Muhammadu Katsina, confirmed the incident.

He told journalists the two explosive devices were detonated by two female suicide bombers.

Mr. Katsina said only three people died in the incident while eight others were injured.

But our reporter said he saw a far higher number of victims taken away from the scene.

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The incident came less than 24 hours after a similar explosion in a crowded park in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, left at least 34 people dead and 80 injured.

Today’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 p.m 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.

More than 30 people were killed last Tuesday when a bomb blast ripped through packed crowds in Yola, northeast Nigeria, just days after President Muhammadu Buhari visited declaring that Boko Haram were close to defeat.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the suicide attacks which took place in Yola on the evening of Tuesday, November 17 and in Kano today, which claimed many lives and left scores injured.

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The president in a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Garba Shehu, Wednesday in Abuja called for increased vigilance among the civilian population to help ward off suicide terror attacks on soft targets around the country.

According to him, “The President extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Adamawa and Kano States respectively.

“President Buhari reassures Nigerians that his administration is very much determined to wipe out Boko Haram in Nigeria and bring all perpetrators of these 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.

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“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.”

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