5 killed, 16 injured in Kano Church bomb blast
Female suicide bomber blown up
For three days, suspected terrorists have laid siege to the metropolitan city of Kano, with an attack on a Catholic Church in Sabon Gari area of Kano, claiming the lives of five worshippers, including a security operative.
In another suicide attack, which occurred at Kofar Nasarawa area of the city, a female bomber in an attempt to lure some security men stationed by the North West gate with sallah food blew herself up.
Outside the church premises at St Charles Church, 16 persons were said to have sustained varying degree of injuries, while three suspects, including a cripple were arrested by security agents, who arrived the scene, shortly after the attack, which occurred at about 1:29 pm.
The suspected terrorist, according to an eyewitness account had hidden at a Primary school, adjacent to St Charles Catholic Church on Zungeru Road, from where they hauled the explosive on the unsuspecting worshippers.
It was gathered that the explosives were thrown from the window of the school on the innocent worshippers, who had just concluded their Sunday service and departing the premises for homes.
According to sources, four of the dead persons, included the husband, identified as Ugochukwu Okoli, (32), wife, father and maid were among the victims, who had gone to the church for thanksgiving.
In the case of the female bomber, she reportedly arrived at the scene under the newly constructed flyover at about 12:30 pm and attempted deceive the security operatives that she brought sallah food for them.
The security men however suspected foul play, following the female bomber’s desperation.
The security men , it was further gathered took to their heels when they noticed that the female bomber was moving towards them, as they threatened to gun her.
However, luck ran out on the female bomber, who secretly concealed the explosives under her hijab when the bomb suddenly exploded.
While briefing reporters at the scene of the Church bomb attack, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Aderenle Shinaba said the suspects had,gone to a church on Zungeru Road, where they hid themselves at a Primary School, close to the church and threw explosives on the unsuspecting worshippers, which left no fewer than five people dead, eight injured, while three suspects were arrested.
The Catholic Bishop of Kano, Bishop John Namanza to this reporter in a chat that this community had protected themselves beyond imagination in the vicinity.
Namanza, while condemning the attack on his church members, described it as uncalled for.
Although the Bishop Namanza commended the security operatives for their quick response but lamented that it was belated despite the early information passed to them that the church was a target.
He therefore called on Security agents and the State government to beef up security around the vicinity.