Boko Haram claims Kano bomb­ing

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Boko Haram yes­ter­day claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sui­cide bomb on a Shi­ite Mus­lim pro­ces­sion near the north­ern Nige­rian city of Kano that killed 22 peo­ple.

The hard­line fun­da­men­tal­ist group said in Ara­bic on so­cial me­dia that its bomber “det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives, which led to the death” of the vic­tims on Fri­day.

“And by the per­mis­sion of Al­lah, these at­tacks of ours against Shia poly­the­ists will con­tinue un­til we cleanse the earth of their filth,” it warned.

Yes­ter­day, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the march, Ali Kakaki, told AFP: “For now, we have 22 deaths ... 38 peo­ple have also been in­jured, two of whom have been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal.”

He said that, de­spite the at­tack, the Is­lamic Move­ment in Nige­ria mem­bers had con­tin­ued their march from Kano to Zaria in neigh­bour­ing Kaduna state, where their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, was based. The march was un­der­taken to mark Ashura, which com­mem­o­rates the death of Hus­sein, grand­son of the Prophet Muham­mad. “Fol­low­ing the at­tack, many more of our mem­bers have joined the pro­ces­sion,” said Kakaki, adding that they aimed to ar­rive at their des­ti­na­tion next week.

On Novem­ber 18, two fe­male sui­cide bombers blew them­selves up at a mo­bile phone mar­ket in Kano, where at least 14 peo­ple were killed and more than 100 wounded.

The ex­plo­sions oc­curred at the Farm Cen­tre phone mar­ket, near the heart of Nige­ria’s sec­ond-big­gest city, and came a day af­ter a blast in the north­east­ern city of Yola killed 32 peo­ple and wounded 80.

Boko Haram, the rad­i­cal Sunni ji­hadists who want to cre­ate a hard­line Is­lamic state in north­east­ern Nige­ria, has pre­vi­ously been blamed for at­tacks on Shia Mus­lims in the re­gion.

Boko Haram, whose six-year in­sur­gency has left at least 17 000 peo­ple dead and left more than 2.6 mil­lion home­less, con­demns Shias as heretics who should be killed.

The group has in­creas­ingly used sui­cide bombers against “soft” civil­ian tar­gets since the start of a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive ear­lier this year that pushed them out of ter­ri­tory they con­trolled.

– AFP

PHOTO: BELLA NAIJA

AID Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rive at the site of a sui­cide bomb­ing in Kano

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