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Police Confirm One Dead, 23 Injured In Kano Mosque Attack



Police Confirm One Dead, 23 Injured In Kano Mosque Attack

The Kano State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed one person dead while 23 others were left injured in a bomb attack that rocked a mosque in Gezawa Local Government Area of the state, News About Nigeria reports.

The explosion, according to the police, happened in the early hours of today (Wednesday), when the worshippers were observing the dawn prayer.

Speaking for the command, the Kano state commissioner of police, Usaini Gumel, revealed that the suspect behind the tragedy has been arrested.

According to the state commissioner for police, the suspect, Shafi’u Abubakar, is not connected to terrorism but detonated the bomb at the place of worship over a family dispute over inheritance.

Gumel explained that the 38-year-old suspect confessed to having carried out the heinous crime because of the family dispute.

The Kano state commissioner for police said, “On May 15, 2024, at about 5:20 a.m., the police received a report of an explosion at a mosque in Gadan Village during the dawn prayer, leaving several people injured. Promptly, a team of security personnel, including experts in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN), were deployed to the scene.

“Twenty-four victims, including 20 males and four children, who sustained various degrees of injuries, were rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment. What happened is not associated with any act of terrorism but rather, it was a disagreement that arose as a result of inheritance distribution. Out of the 24 victims admitted at the hospital, one is dead.”

The police commissioner said that an investigation is ongoing into the tragedy, and that preliminary forensic analysis indicated that the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb.