No fewer than 21 Shia Muslim members participating in a Friday procession have been confirmed killed in a suicide attack in Nigeria’s Kano state.
The attack occurred at Dakasoye, a town near Kano in northern Nigeria.The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia group, confirmed the deaths and added that more than 45 people were injured in the attack.
Mr Muhammad Mahmud Turi, the head of the IMN, said the incident happened shortly after a suicide bomber was caught by a vigilante group and revealead that another bomber was in the midst of the procession.
Mr Turi explained that the suicide bomber detonated his bomb before he could be captured.
He vowed that the incident would not stop the group from carrying on with their procession to Zaria, a 60-kilometre journey the sect members embarked on as part of a tradition.
“You don’t display cowardice or get cowed by death threats when carrying out religious obligations,” the IMN leader said.
He revealed that the captured suicide bomber said he was from Mubi and had been abducted by the Boko Haram sect and taken to Sambisa forest where he trained to carry out a suicide attack.
Meanwhile, residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have been warned on likely suicide attacks targeting markets and places of worship.
The Department of State Services sent out the alert alert to churches, mosques and to Abuja residents in general.
“Intelligence reaching this office revealed that insurgents are planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory. Their main targets are worship centres and markets using young girls disguised as aid workers to carry out their planned attacks,” warned DSS Abuja director Mohammed Ibrahim.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW