Boko Haram claims Kano bombing
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.
AID Emergency services arrive at the site of a suicide bombing in Kano