Explosions rock Kano

By Abdulsalam Muhammad
KANO—KANO—For the third time in one week, another bomb explosion, yesterday, rocked Sabon Gari, a predominantly Christian quarter in Kano, injuring two persons. Another explosion, from a burst tyre at Sabon Gari market, yesterday, afternoon caused pandemonium as people thought it was another bomb blast.

The Improvised Explosive Devise, IED, went off between two long buses at a motor park along New Road, Kano, triggering pandemonium.

Eyewitness told Vanguard that the explosive, stuffed in an empty soft drink can, was thrown by unknown persons between commercial buses operated by two transport companies, Gobison Bus and Ezenwata Motors.

The explosion was said to have shattered the glasses in one of the buses, while two people sustained slight injuries in the pandemonium that ensued.

The eyewitness said as soon as the dust settled, transporters evacuated their buses from the park in anticipation of more bomb blasts.

Soldiers, who arrived the scene immediately cordo-ned off the area and commenced investigations into the remote causes of the explosion.

A soldier keeping watch at the eastern end of the new road told Vanguard: “We had a blast at the park and two people were feared injured. The police bomb disposal unit is inside conducting their investigation.”

A resident in the area, who also spoke to Vanguard on the incident, said: “We heard a blast, rushed in there to see what happened and saw two people slightly injured. They were taken to the hospital.”

Unconfirmed report had it that a utility vehicle laden with bombs was discovered in the garage but police authorities said they were still investigating and that it was “too premature to let the cat out of the bag.”

Police image-maker, Magaji Majia, told reporters that the police had dispatched a team of bomb disposal experts to the scene of the blast.

Also confirming the story, an Army spokesman told reporters on phone: “Yes, we had a blast in Sabon Gari area of the city and we have deployed our men to the spot to take charge of security. But I advise you call the police for details.”

A combined team of gun-wielding soldiers and police personnel have taken over the entire stretch of New Road and the adjourning street in a bid to restore normalcy to the trouble spot.

The Improvised Explosive Devise, IED, went off between two long buses at a motor park along New Road, Kano, triggering pandemonium.

Eyewitness told Vanguard that the explosive, stuffed in an empty soft drink can, was thrown by unknown persons between commercial buses operated by two transport companies, Gobison Bus and Ezenwata Motors.

The explosion was said to have shattered the glasses in one of the buses, while two people sustained slight injuries in the pandemonium that ensued.

The eyewitness said as soon as the dust settled, transporters evacuated their buses from the park in anticipation of more bomb blasts.

Soldiers, who arrived the scene immediately cordo-ned off the area and commenced investigations into the remote causes of the explosion.

A soldier keeping watch at the eastern end of the new road told Vanguard: “We had a blast at the park and two people were feared injured. The police bomb disposal unit is inside conducting their investigation.”

A resident in the area, who also spoke to Vanguard on the incident, said: “We heard a blast, rushed in there to see what happened and saw two people slightly injured. They were taken to the hospital.”

Unconfirmed report had it that a utility vehicle laden with bombs was discovered in the garage but police authorities said they were still investigating and that it was “too premature to let the cat out of the bag.”

Police image-maker, Magaji Majia, told reporters that the police had dispatched a team of bomb disposal experts to the scene of the blast.

Also confirming the story, an Army spokesman told reporters on phone: “Yes, we had a blast in Sabon Gari area of the city and we have deployed our men to the spot to take charge of security. But I advise you call the police for details.”

A combined team of gun-wielding soldiers and police personnel have taken over the entire stretch of New Road and the adjourning street in a bid to restore normalcy to the trouble spot.

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