No fewer than nine persons died today in two explosions in Kano , northwest Nigeria, while several others got injured.
The first explosion occurred at NNPC Mega filling station in Hotoro when a female suicide-bomber who detonated an Improvised Explosive Device she concealed under her Hijab.
It was gathered that the suicide bomber joined the kerosene queue at the station and detonated the low-profile explosive five minutes after joining the queue.
About 10 persons sustained injuries and were immediately rushed to the hospital.
In Zoo Road, near Shoprite, six people died when a bomb dropped by the side of the road exploded.
Giving account of the incident, Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said: “On the 28th of July, 2014 at about 10 am, the Police Command received a distress call that there was a bomb blast at the NNPC mega station, located at Hotoro quarters, Maiduguri road.
“On receipt of the information, the Kano State Police Command anti-bomb squad were immediately mobilised to the scene, where it was discovered that the incident occurred when kerosene was being sold at the filling station, a woman, pretending to be a customer, but had an IED (explosives) concealed in her possession, blew herself up with it and injured 10 others.
”The victims were immediately rushed to the hospital, where three people have so far been confirmed dead, while seven others are receiving and responding to treatment.
”The Kano Police Command and the bomb squad (EOD) personnel and other officers have sealed the scene for sweeping to ensure no other explosives were left behind. There was no fire outbreak at the filling station as investigation is on-going.”