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Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Killed 25 In Kano Bomb Explosion

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March 18, 2013 – Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Killed 25 In Kano Bomb Explosion

Several bus passengers at the New Road Luxury Terminal, Sabon Gari, Kano northwest Nigeria were feared dead when two suicide bombers in a VW Golf car rammed into a Lagos-bound Gobison Luxury bus on Monday.

Witnesses at the Luxury Bus Terminal said low-profile Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, planted inside four other buses exploded simultaneously.

On the whole, two buses owned by Gobison Transport, two buses marked Ezenwata Transport Limited and one other owned by Chimezie Transport Limited were affected in the devastating attack.

Several calls put across to the Commissioner of Police, Musa Daura, by P.M.NEWS were not answered, but the spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force in Kano, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said it would be too early to confirm the number of casualties.

However, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Kano, Chief Tobias Michael Idika told journalists that the casualty figure in the attack the casualty figure is about 60, “I counted up to 60 dead bodies when I visited the scene of the incident and several people were seriously injured,” Idika said.

The scene has been cordoned off by the police and the JTF.

Residents of Sabon Gari, an enclave predominantly inhabited by non-natives are panicked as tension continues to mount in the Nigeria’s city of Kano.

The dead and the wounded have been evacuated to a government-owned hospital by security operatives.

Initial reports, quoting rescue officials put the death toll at about 20 as two suicide bombers rammed a car packed with explosives into a bus at the New Road station in Sabon Gari, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in the majority Muslim city.

Several explosions were heard following the initial blast, sparking panic as bloodied bystanders including some with serious injuries fled the scene as soldiers arrived to cordon off the area.

Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, has been repeatedly targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram, blamed for killing hundreds in the region since 2009.

“I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of the blasts… There are at least 20 dead,” said the rescue official who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to journalists.

“The figure may rise,” he added.

A senior security official in Kano, who also declined to be named, told AFP he believed the death toll was “massive”, describing the figure of 20 as an “understatement”, without giving a precise toll.

Fatima Abdullahi, 30, who had boarded a bus scheduled to head south, said she saw a car with two men inside ram into a nearby bus.

“There was a huge explosion followed by another. The bus went up in flames,” she told AFP at a hospital in Kano where she was being treated for her injuries.

Mechanic Tunde Kazeem, who works at the station, said he saw “people rushing out of the motor park” after the blasts, “some of them with blood on their clothes”.

There was also no immediate claim of responsibility, but the seemingly coordinated attack was likely to be blamed on Boko Haram.

The targeted station primarily services passengers heading to the mostly Christian south of Nigeria.

It was attacked in January of last year in a blast which wounded several people and which was blamed on the radical Islamist group.

That bombing came days after the group’s deadliest ever attack, also in Kano, when at least 185 people were killed on January 20, 2012.

“Rescuers and security personnel are yet to determine the source of explosions…casualty figures not available at the moment, the seriously injured have been taken to hospital and bodies evacuated,” said a statement from the National Emergency Management Agency.

Boko Haram has previously targeted Christians, including through a series of suicide bombings at churches packed with worshippers on Sundays.

Hours after the latest bomb attack, President Goodluck Jonathan has,as usual, condemned the act.

According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, the President said that the barbaric incident would not deter the Federal Government from its strong-willed determination to overcome those who do not mean well for the nation.

He said that the Federal Government would not be stampeded into abandoning its unrelenting war against terrorists in the country.

The president reassured Nigerians and foreigners in the country that government would do the needful to ensure the safety of lives and property.

He said that government would continue to collaborate with local and international partners and stakeholders to check the menace of terrorism.

The president commiserated with the families and friends of the victims of the Kano explosions and assured the Kano State Government of the Federal Government’s continued support.

[Source: PM News]



  1. James

    March 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    It will be interesting for you to know why the Boko-haram does not want the western education to continue. The Boko-haram prefers the Almajiri system of education to continue because, that is what the Quranic-Allah want of them. The reason is this; western education brings wisdom and knowledge which helps people to know the truth of things. If you look at Islam generally, about 80% of Muslims are illiterates, they cannot read nor write. That is the will of that Quranic-Allah for all Muslims, he prefers them embracing the Almajiri education only so that their eyes will not be open to know the truth of his religion. Apart from the western education, that Quranic-Allah warned them not to read the holy Bible. The few of the Muslims that are educated today know the truth of Islam, but they are afraid of these illiterate ones whom the Quranic-Allah had trained them as terrorists (Quran 8:12) so that whenever somebody in Islam want to leave Islam his religion, these his Army (Boko-haram, Ansaru, Taliban, Al-Qaeda and the rest) will act on him/her so that, he/she can remain and continue to be under his bondage and slavery. This Quranic-Allah’s Army again will continue to protect Islam generally and also prevent them from hearing the word of God (Allah of the Bible). That is why you can see the Boko-haram demolishing churches and killing the people of God (Allah of the Bible). On the other side, the Islamic religious and political leaders have agreed today to prevent and stop Christian from building Churches in the cities and were Islam dominated. That is why today, the Government of the Hausa States like Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Borno, Jigawa, and any State that is not a Hausa land Muslims are controlling the State, don’t give C of O to Christians to build Churches in these States today. If a Christian made an attempt of building something that looks like a hall even if, it is not for Church purpose the Government of these States will sent graders to demolish that building.

  2. James

    March 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    These Hausa-Muslim leaders today are saying they are not Boko-haram members and they don’t know the members of the Boko-haram who are bombing Churches and killing Christians. But on the other side they are calling the Federal Government to grant Amnesty to Boko-haram. And again, they don’t want to see any new building of Church in their areas. Is that not also the terrorism of the Ansaru and the Boko-haram? Is it only when these Hausa States’ government leaders carry guns or bombs themselves to the Church before they can become Boko haram terrorists? The reason why Islamic terrorism will not end is that, Islam does not want western education and they hatch children like hens who at the end cannot be given education, nor be controlled. A typical example is the present Boko-haram leader, (Abubakar Shekau). Most of his communications are in Hausa language, I don’t think that man can even write the hausa he speaks talk-less of speaking and writing English. This kind of a man, how can he reason and agree that what he is doing is bad? If an illiterate is leading illiterates, what good thing do you think will come out of that? Nothing good will come out of that. And if nothing good comes out of that, what did you think will happen? –Nothing more than doing, “The work of the Quranic-Allah”. Brethren, you can see why the Quranic-Allah don’t like Islam with western education so that he can be working with illiterates to achieve his goals. The World is seriously in trouble, God help us.

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