A female suicide bomber blew herself up outside a popular Kano mosque, Umar Ibn Khattab on Zoo road in Kano metropolis on Monday night, a few minutes after the night prayer.
An eye witness, Sulaiman Ibrahim, said the teenage bomber attempted to enter the mosque when the explosives went off, killing her and injuring some members of the vigilante attached to the mosque.
He said the incident happened about 9:21pm after the congregation of Isha and Tarawe prayer as it was conducted early, unlike before.
Witnesses and a police official confirmed the explosion which reportedly went off near a Mosque with the suicide bomber strapping the explosive on her body.
Witnesses say the casualty figure in the incident is unclear at this time, although a police spokesperson said the teenage female suicide bomber has been confirmed dead.
The spokesperson for the Kano Police Command, Magaji Majiya, said the teenage bomber detonated the explosive at 9:30 p.m Monday after she was prevented from accessing the Umar Bin Khatab mosque along Zaria Road.
The incident happened just as faithful were dispersing after observing the late night (Tarawih) prayer, witnesses said.
“She was trying to cross over to the mosque, but she was stopped,” Mr. Majiya said. “She immediately detonated the bomb and died immediately.”
Monday night’s bombing in Kano came 24 hours after a similar attack on a restaurant and a mosque in Jos, the Plateau State capital, left no fewer than 44 persons dead and 48 others injured.
Another attack on a church in Potiskum, Yobe state, also on Sunday, killed six people.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but security agencies believe the bombings have the imprimatur of the extremist Boko Haram sect that has been killing and maiming innocent Nigerians in the past six years.
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It was gathered that the bomber had observed the vigilante attached to the mosque screening people with electronic device and decided to retreat and stay around the mosque.
According to him, the girl was heading towards the mosque when she missed her target and blew herself up.]]>