Sunday, 27 July 2014

Police Foils Bomb Blast in Kano’s Mosque, Arrest Five Suspects Over Blasts

The Police in Kano have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in various bomb attacks in the ancient city, including the Sunday bomb blast at St. Charles Catholic Church in which at least five people were killed and eight were injured.

Two of the suspects were arrested in connection with the foiled bomb attack at Isyaku Rabiu Mosque, according to a statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

He said, “As part of ongoing investigations into the various terror-related incidents that occurred in Kano, Police operatives have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in the attacks.

“Two were arrested in connection with the foiled attack on Isyaku Rabiu Mosque while three were arrested in connection with the attack on St. Charles Church.

“All the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation at different police facilities.”

Mba said that the  attack on the church came shortly after the end of mass, when the suspects were believed to have thrown Improvised Explosive Devices at the church located in Sabongari area of the ancient city.

An Improvised Explosive Device that went off at the New Road Motor Park in Kano last Thursday, had killed five persons and injured eight others, barely 24 hours after twin blasts claimed about 82 lives in Kaduna.

The source of the blast was traced to an IED which was hidden  in a refrigerator and smuggled into the park by a cart pusher.

Eyewitness accounts indicated that the cart pusher was able to beat security at the motor gate because he packaged the refrigerator like a passenger luggage.

On June 23, a bomb blast at a public health college in the city killed at least eight, while on May 19, a suicide car bomb attack in Sabon Gari killed at least four people, including a young girl.

At least four strong explosions rocked the same area on July 29 last year, killing 12.

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