UPDATE: 25 killed in Kaduna bomb explosion

Scene of the Kaduna bomb blast

The blast targeted an Islamist cleric.

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At least 25 people died in an explosion that rocked central Kaduna Wednesday, police said.

The blast occurred along Isa Kaita road which leads to the popular Murtala Square.

A witness said the explosion targeted a prominent Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, who had delivered Ramadan lecture at the Square.

The sheikh escaped unhurt as the bomb, concealed in a red Volkswagen golf car parked by the road side, went off, a witness, Hassan Mohammed, told PREMIUM TIMES.

“As I speak to you now, I can see many bodies on the ground,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The blast is the second targeting Mr. Bauchi in Kaduna State. In June, an explosion occurred near his house, injuring one person.

The Sheikh is a known critic of the extremist Boko Haram sect. It is however not clear whether the group is responsible for the attack.

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