Several people were feared in a suicide bombing that rocked Dakasoye village, Garun Mallam local government area of Kano on Friday, November 27, 2015.
The suicide bomber attacked a procession of Shia faithfuls on their way to Zaria, a witness say.
The suicide bomber, identified as male blew himself up shortly after another middle-aged man was caught with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), a local journalist, Ali Kakaki told Vanguard.
The Shia Group put up a post on its website saying that the blast happened about 2.00 pm and that ‘scores’ were killed. The group is led by controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky who is a prominent critic of the Boko Haram group.
Women and children are the majority of the victims of this terrible attack which occurred at 2.00 pm.
An organiser of the procession told AFP, “It’s a huge crowd so it’s too early to give a precise figure of casualties. We now have the other suspect in custody,” referring to the man caught with an IED.
The organiser, who requested for anonymity said, told journalists that the bomber ran into the crowd before he could be spotted, then detonated his bomb. He suggested that the suspect who was apprehended was planning to also attack the procession.
“He was dressed in black like everyone else. His accomplice was initially arrested and confessed they were sent by Boko Haram,” he added.
“They were part of the young men abducted by Boko Haram in (the Borno state town of) Mubi last year and taken to Sambisa Forest where they were given some military training.
“They were sent to Kano 11 days ago and kept in a house specifically for this attack.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack which is believed to be the work of Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, named the world’s most deadly terrorist group, has been waging a war against the people and state of Nigeria. The group seeks to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria.
There is no official comment on the incident yet.