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

Scene of a bomb blast
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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