Kano death toll hits 178

The death toll just kept rising

Death toll in the Friday deadly attack by the extremist Boko Haram sect that may have reached 178, a Kano based reporter has told Premium Times.

Quoting a senior doctor, at the Murtala Mohammed hospital, the reporter said the casualty figure had kept rising as the morgues at both the Murtala Mohammed Hospital and Aminu Kano Hospital continued to receive bodies on Saturday.

He said bodies were still being received from other hospitals and the streets.

Two days after the explosions, the casualty figures are still unclear. Umar Farouk, the Kano State information commissioner told Premium Times the two mortuaries holding bodies were yet to turn in fresh figures for Sunday.

“The figures we got on Saturday is well over a hundred deaths,” he said. “We are expecting the hospitals to feed us fresh figures for today.”

The number of those injured in the blast, which Mr. Farouk currently put at 120, have also continued to increase.

“The injured are scattered in 10 hospitals, public and private, across the city, and some hospitals are yet to make returns regarding the victims they have on admission,” he said. “There are also those who went home with their wounds but have now been taken back to hospital. So we are still counting.”

Search and rescue also continued Sunday morning with emergency officials and volunteers combing locations they couldn’t reach yesterday for additional victims, the commissioner added.

Meanwhile, the Kano state government have relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the city following the attacks.

Mr. Farouk, said the curfew had now been cut down by to between 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. daily.  The decision to cut down the curfew was reached after an emergency meeting of the state’s Security Council last night.

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