2 female suicide bombers, 4 others killed in Kano market blast — Police

Scene of a bomb explosion

Six persons, including two suicide bombers, have died in a bomb attack at a textile market in Kano, Wednesday, police have said.

Seven others injured in the attack, are being treated at Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital.

Kano Police Commissioner, Aderele Shinaba, told journalists at the scene of the bomb attack, that two female suicide bombers arrived at the market pretending to be buyers of textile materials.

He said soon as they entered the market they went to behind Access Bank, and requested water they could ease themselves with in one of the market latrines.

When denied water, Mr. Shinaba said the two women engaged the sellers in an argument, drawing a crowd before the two bombers detonated their explosives.

The police spokesman said after the bomb exploded, there was pandemonium with people running for safety.

The blast occurred at a place known as “fillin parking” along Ibrahim Taiwo Way, a major intersection leading to the popular Kano Kantin Kwari Market.

Kantin Kwari textile market is rated the largest market in northern Nigeria, with several thousands of traders from all over Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries doing business there on daily basis.

The incident is coming less than two weeks after multiple explosions rocked the Kano Central Mosque, killing more than 100 people and injuring hundreds of others.

An explosion had rocked the same market on December 12, 2012, injuring three people.

The state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and other top political office holders are in Lagos for the national convention of the All Progressives Congress.

Governor Kwankwaso is seeking the presidential ticket of the party at the convention.


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  • PROF

    With all this bombing kwankwaso still wants to be president .

    • Jika

      Some one is still a sitting President and also wants to continue despite the bombing.What do you say about that Prof.?

      • PROF

        Hahaha Jika my friend ,you see you fell for the bait,when you accuse the president of insensitivity, also think of your state that is on fire .Would kwankwasia not have shown sensitivity after the mosque in kano.

        • Jika

          My dear Prof,I don’t know what bait you are talking about.Me thinks that Kwankwaso’s responsibility is to give all the necessary support to the security agencies to enable them curtail this kind of problem(s).It is equally Kwankwaso ‘s moral duty to call on all people to be security conscious.I am aware he has been doing that.The last time I checked,there is no state Governor that has control over the security forces.That,I believe is the exclusive preserve of the federal government.May be it is Kwankwaso’s way of showing sensitivity by trying to vie for the highest office in the land,that,may enable him to take direct control of the security forces and thus ensure that not only Kano people are safe but indeed all Nigerians.By the way,for whatever it is worth,I am not from Kano state.I am just a disturbed Nigerian,who like you I believe, is saddened by the incessant loss of innocent lives.God bless.

          • PROF

            Jika you are an eloquent writer ,however i was born in kano , Bompai to be exact . So my question is that if kwankwaso cannot govern his state ,then how can he govern nigeria? He also gets the security vote . Have you seen how things work in US ? Govs also take some responsibility

          • Jika

            It is good to know you were born in Kano.It is also true that state Governors have security votes.However,it may interest you to know that part of this security vote is what these governors use in supporting the security agencies in their states.You may not believe it,but things as basic and mundane as fueling vehicles for the logistics of these security agencies are shouldered by state Governments.I am also aware of intervention by state governments(Kano inclusive) in the provision of motor vehicles,communication equipments,and other infrastructure to the federal security agencies in their respective states.To that extent,I concede to you that Governors should and must take responsibility.I think comparing us with the United States(as ideal as it should be),is like comparing apples and oranges.That said,in Nigeria,matters of security as the one in contention here,is the primary responsibility of the federal government.

          • Danladee

            Case close, Jika. You have said it all, by the educating the sentimental ‘Prof.’

  • Sharia_Haram

    The 2 female suicide bombers are Muslims.

  • blueeyedkitten

    those bombers are men mistaken for women, because they were dressed in niqab. God has started exposing them one by one.