Friday, 28 November 2014

Boko Haram: Kano Central Mosque Bombings Update: 64 died ,128 injured

An estimated 64 people died in the multiple explosions in Kano Grand Mosque today, according to preliminary casualty figures released by an official of one of the rescue agencies.

About 128 people were also said to have been injured in the bombings believed to have been the handwork of the Boko Haram.

The official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media, said 64 bodies had been brought to just one Kano area hospital after the attack at the city’s central mosque, and the wounded figure reflected statistics from three hospitals.

The bombs exploded in the mosque attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi, a week after he issued a call to arms to fight Boko Haram.

The explosions came after civilian vigilantes in the northeastern city of Maiduguri said they foiled a bomb attack against a mosque, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.

“Two bombs exploded, one after the other, in the premises of the Grand Mosque seconds after the prayers had started,” worshipper Aminu Abdullahi told AFP.

“A third one went off in a nearby road close to the Qadiriyya Sufi order. The blasts were followed by gunshots by the police to scare off potential attacks.”