Friday, November 28, 2014 4:21 pm
Three explosions rocked Kano Central Mosque Friday afternoon where Emir Muhammed Sanusi 11 worships, killing unconfirmed number of people
A resident nearby said that the explosions went off around 2:30 p.m. just as Muslims faithful were listening to sermons.
Another resident also said several gunshots followed the explosions.
Security agencies are yet to make official comment as the incident has sent jitters among residents of the ancient commercial city.
” Many lives were lost and many people sustained various degrees of injuries,” said a witness.
The explosions caused pandemonium around the area which is housing the palace of the emir of kano.
Heavy smoke billowed into the sky immediately after the explosion which was sighted from far away areas of the city.
Rescue operations vehicles from the samaritans were seen moving very fast toward the scene of the blast, while dead bodies and other injured people were taken to various hospital for medical attention.
“Two bombs exploded, one after the other, in the premises of the Grand Mosque seconds after the prayers had started,” Aminu Abdullahi said, adding that a third went off nearby.
The Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was said to be inside the mosque at the time, with the explosions happening in an outdoor courtyard, and there was no immediate word on casualties.
Abdullahi and another witness, Hajara Tukur, who said she lives nearby, said the police began firing weapons in the chaos that followed the blasts, as worshippers began scrambling for safety.
Preaching at Kano’s Grand Mosque last week, the emir urged northerners to take up arms against Islamist group Boko Haram since the military has failed to protect civilians and end the insurgency.
The Emir of Kano is a hugely influential figure in Nigeria, which is home to more than 80 million Muslims, most of whom live in the north.
Officially the emir is the country’s number two cleric, behind the Sultan of Sokoto.
Sanusi, who was named emir earlier this year, is a prominent figure in his own right, having previously served as the chief of Nigeria’s central bank, where he spoke out against massive government fraud.
An attack on Sanusi could inflame tensions in Kano, Nigeria’s second city and most populous in the north.