Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:43 pm
Another bomb blast Wednesday has claimed the lives of 14 people and injured five others at Kawo, near the headquarters of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna.
The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Umar Shehu, said one man dressed as a woman was arrested at the scene.
Witnesses said the attack had targeted former Head of State and opposition leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Two vehicles in the convoy of the All Progressives Party (APC) chieftain were burnt in the blast.
The commissioner confirmed that Buhari was passing through the road when the blast occurred, but was not sure if the politician was “the main target”.
Buhari’s bullet-proof jeep was sprayed with bullets, but he escaped unhurt.
In the earlier blast targeted at a prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, 25 people were killed and 14 others injured.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in the city.
A statement by Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, the Director-General, Media and Publicity to Gov. Mukhtar Yero, said it was to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
It described the bomb blasts as acts of cowardice and pledged that the government would uncover the perpetrators.