Less than three hours after President Goodluck Jonathan released a statement putting the death toll in yesterday’s explosions in Kano at seven, the Kano state government has given indication that more than a hundred persons died in the incident.
Although the casualty figure is still being collated, the state information commissioner, Farouk Umar, said Saturday night “as at now this night, the available figure with me is more than one hundred people killed.’”
This confirms earlier reports that the casualty figure was much higher than authorities were willing to admit and that the police had grossly underestimated the death toll.
Police spokesperson, Olusola Amore, was not available for comments, as calls to his telephones were unanswered. His office also did not provide update on the progress of investigation into the incident.
The state Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, has earlier today conducted the governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, round some of the affected locations, saying the Zone 1 Headquarters’ of the Nigerian Police along BUK road was the first to come under attack before the sect members attacked other locations simultaneously.
Another suicide bomber, he said, also drove a Toyota Camry with registration number BR 487 DBR towards the Police Headquarters in Bompai but was shot dead by officers when he approached on a very high speed.
The police, he said, later found a heavy time-bomb in the car.