A female suicide bomber blew herself up near a Kano Mosque Monday evening inflicting severe casualties with many feared dead, reports have said.
According to reports, the teenager detonated the explosive at about 9:30 p.m on Monday after she was prevented from entering the Umar Bin Khatab mosque along Zaria Road just after Muslim faithful finished observing the late night (Tarawih) prayer.
“She was trying to cross over to the mosque, but she was stopped,” spokesperson for the Kano Police Command, Magaji Majiya, said. “She immediately detonated the bomb and died immediately.”
The Monday night bombing becomes the third in less than two days. An attack on a church in Potiskum, Yobe state on Sunday, where six people died had been followed on the same day with attacks on a restaurant and a mosque in Jos, the Plateau State capital, where no less than 44 persons died and 48 others were injured.
Although none of the attacks have been claimed by terrorist group Boko Haram, they bear its hallmark. The Islamist sect group has been carrying out attacks since 2009 as it seeks to create an Islamic State. Large swathes of land had been taken in the northeast region in the past but successes recorded towards the end of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration led to the reclamation of several areas. The terrorists seem to have been re-energized since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power, with over 500 already killed in less than two months.
The number of people killed in Monday’s attack is yet to be ascertained.