Boko Haram bombs Kano again, kills 5

Boko Haram bombs Kano again, kills 5

Sunday, July 27, 2014 3:51 pm

 At least five persons were killed and eight were injured Sunday in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s north, police said.

Police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP that the bomb was “probably an IED (improvised explosive device) thrown from across the street” at the Saint Charles Catholic church in Kano’s Sabon Gari district, which has suffered previous attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The attack came shortly after the end of mass.

Idowu Kazim, a mechanic in the area, said: “We heard the explosion at around 2:15 pm (1315 GMT) and moments later a police anti-bomb truck sped past in the direction of the scene.”

Another resident who lives near the church told AFP on condition of anonymity the blast “made me dash out to my balcony”.

On June 23, a bomb blast at a public health college in the city killed at least eight, while on May 19, a suicide car bomb attack in Sabon Gari killed at least four people, including a young girl.

At least four strong explosions rocked the same area on July 29 last year, killing 12.

Last Thursday, a bomb kept in a refrigerator exploded at a Bus park, killing four persons.

Blame has been attributed to the Islamist militants, who have been waging a violent insurgency in the country’s north since 2009




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