Explosions rock Kano

Kano return

The explosions occurred in two different areas of the Nigerian cityof Kano.

Two explosions have been reported in different locations in the troubled city of Kano early on Saturday.

Details are still sketchy. A reporter based in Kano who declined to be named informed PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone that the first explosion happened at Hotoro area, close to the NNPC Mega station.

“We are yet to get details of the explosion, but sources around the area said that the explosion was from a car which refused to stop for search at a military stop and search point,” he said.

He said the military patrol team subsequently pursued the car and later engaged the occupants in an exchange of gunfire.

“The car was actually loaded with explosives which detonated as a result of the heavy gunfire” he added.

The other explosion reportedly occurred at Tishama neighbourhood along the Eastern Bye-Pass Road.

Details about the second explosion is also still sketchy. Residents said it was also followed by sporadic gunshots.

The Joint Task Force and the police in Kano were not reachable for comments.

Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria has recently become a priority target for attacks by suicide bombers, and gunmen believed to be members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect.


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