At least five innocents were killed Sunday when a suicide attacker killed himself and at least four others, including a twelve year old girl in the predominantly Christian district of Sabon Gari (foreign quarter), in Kano, Northeast Nigeria. Though no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of this posting, those on the ground suspect Boko Haram, which carried out notorious bombing campaigns in that same district in March and July of last year.
05/19/2014 Nigeria (Christian Post) – At least five people were killed Sunday when a suspected car bomb exploded in a predominantly Christian area in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Islamist terror group Boko Haram is likely to be blamed.
The explosion took place at Gold Coast Street in the predominantly Christian district of Sabon Gari (foreign quarter), which is known for its bars and restaurants, in Kano City, Reuters reported.
“I heard a loud blast. And there was a lot of smoke. Soldiers came in to cordon off the place and ambulances were rushing people to hospital,” a witness, Abdul Dafar, was quoted as saying. He said he saw at least four bodies lying at the scene.
“At about 22:00 (local time), we heard an explosion and immediately mobilized to the scene where we discovered a suicide bomber… Five people, including the bomber, were killed,” BBC quoted Kano Police Commissioner Adelere Shinaba as saying.
Shinaba added that three men and a girl, about 12 years old, were killed, apart from the suspected bomber.
After the blast, police cordoned off the area and began searching for suspects.
Dozens were killed last March and July in a series of blasts in the Sabon Gari area.