The Kaduna State government has imposed 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis following the multiple bomb blasts that rocked the city the afternoon of Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
The death toll from both explosions has risen over 50, police say.
The first blast occurred along Isa Kaita road in central Kaduna which leads to the popular Murtala Square.
The attack was targeted at a prominent Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, who had delivered Ramadan lecture at the Square.
Fortunately, the sheikh escaped unhurt as the bomb, concealed in a red Volkswagen golf car parked by the road side, went off.
An eyewitness, Mr. Mohammed said, “As I speak to you now, I can see many bodies on the ground.”
The blast is the second targeting Mr. Bauchi in Kaduna State. In June, an explosion occurred near his house, injuring one person.
The Sheikh is a known critic of the extremist Boko Haram sect. It is however not clear whether the group is responsible for the attack.
The second attack, which occurred at Kawo area, was aimed at former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari.
Gunmen rammed a vehicle into his convoy, firing shots at it. The report says two of Gen. Buhari’s bodyguards were slightly wounded in the attack, he however escaped unhurt.