We confirmed 35 deaths in Kano Mosque: Police

File Photo: Scene of a past explosion in Kano

The police in Kano said they have confirmed 35 persons to have died in three explosions that hit the Central Mosque in Kano metropolis on Friday.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Sanusi Lemu, gave the figures when he briefed newsmen in Kano on Friday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said 150 persons sustained injuries in the three blasts.

But witnesses and rescue workers inisist the dead are more than 100.

The witnesses said the triple bomb attack was so massive the number of deaths is in hundreds.

Some witnesses, who helped with rescue before police arrived at the scene, said the figures may be as high as 300.

The Central Mosque is one of the biggest worship centres in the city, and is where the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, usually leads the prayers.

The emir was away in Saudi Arabia when the attack occurred.

The blast occurred as the Chief Imam of the Mosque, Sani Zahradeen, was about to start the prayers.

According to witnesses, three bombs exploded before three armed men opened fire at fleeing worshippers who survived the explosion.

The first bomb, which went up outside the Mosque, sent worshipers running in all directions. The blast was then followed rapidly by two huge explosions, witnesses said.


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  • Olu

    BBC and other international news agencies are reporting more casualties than Abba’s Nigerian police is reporting; is this not something? We are in serious problem in Nigeria because, clearly, law and order have broken down and I support the Emir that people should arm themselves to protect themselve because Jona and his security cronies cannot secure the nation any longer. My premise is that the federal government and its security agencies need to be probed. I believe they know who the culprits are amongst them. Who knows, maybe the emir was Abba and Jonathan’s target, Watch out Sanusi ll; they are not happy for you. Kwakanso, arm your state, Old empires used to have fences, we better resort to that again and not rely on a dumb IG like Abba.

    • Otile

      Na wa for APC men, women, shemales, and transvestites. If the Police reported the figure you were expecting them to report, you would blaster them for exaggeration, now you are accusing them of under-reporting.

      Why not simple as Imam to stop bombing his people? You see, nobody talks about Imam Shekau again, when he is about to capture another major city APC press will show him killed a few hours past.

  • Sanmi Falae

    I wonder what Mr Fani-Kayode does for a living to have time to churn out these STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS sometimes THREE TIMES IN ONE WEEK? Mr Fani-Kayode, please tell us Nigerians how you earn your living. As a public figure, Nigerians have the right to ask you to tell them YOUR JOB?

    • uOkwunna

      His Job is “an advocate and the voice of the voiceless. God take care of his salary.

    • Binta

      You are a jealous hater. So FFK cant write without telling you hia income? He is not in government so what is your business? He happens to be a lawyer and he is an immensly wealthy man from a rich family if you didnt know. He is not a beggar like you. U hate him yet you read his columns every week and then come and abuse him. Stop bitching and go write ur own essays if u can. Obviously u are obsessed with him. Truth is u want to be like FFK but can never be. He is too big for you.

  • KBE

    Fact is fact. Even if you hate the messenger consider the message. Ndigbo has cried and are beginning to loose their voice. The selfishness of a few has also robbed the majority of their rights.

  • uOkwunna

    Thank you, may the good Lord preserve and protect you. For the truth you said here may the good Lord the God of Biafrans and the true Christians accomplished his psalm 91 promises on you.

  • TJohnson

    When did Fani-boy became the champion for Ndigbo cause? When? The bottom line is the Fani-boy is again going on one of his race baiting tirade. Fani-boy claimed that Jonathan may have subconsciously given most of the important positions in his administration to the Igbos as a way to correct the mistakes of the past were they believed to have been marginalized by previous governments in power. If that is the case would it be a stretch to say that, maybe Buhari is also subconsciously giving all these positions to the Yoruba, and the so called Hausa-Fulanis, as a way to appease those that felt marginalized during Jonathan’s government? Food for thought. The bottom line is, the Igbos can’t keep on playing politics of intimidation, by insisting that you either give us what we want in your government or the alternative would be Biafra. Really? No government should fall for such intimidation, period! Igbos must understand that election has consequences. And one of them is, if your side loses, you are unlikely to be close to the center of power were your demands will truly matter. Not necessary that it is right but it is the reality of political life anywhere. And I am saying this as someone that never supported Buhari and has been his critic often. What the Igbos need to do is help blow up the clueless and toothless PDP party and build it back up from scratch to get ready for 2019. Copy from the playbook of the APC and learn. If Buhari is as horrible a president as some want us to believe then getting rid of him in 2019 ought to be easy. And that is if you believe all the hype.

    • Nnamdi

      Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is 1 million times the man you are and he is by far the most forthright and courageous politician in Nigeria today. Few would dare to write the bitter truth as he has done here. If we had just a few more leaders with his wisdom conviction strength and integriry Nigeria would be a better place. Stop the hating and try and.learn something from this great man. Whether you like it or not God is with him and is using him to open the eyes of millions of Nigerians all over the world.

  • Think Deep Syndrome

    Mr Femi! You are right on point. I am one of those Igbos who campaigned for Buhari. Now I see better. Agatu has opened my eyes. Something is brewing in the north. Time is upon us. But God will save us. May he protect and keep you Ijn.