Worshipper dies in Kano Mosque explosion, suspect in police custody

Kano Police Commissioner, Mohammed Usaini Gumel

Kano Police Commissioner, Mohammed Usaini Gumel

One of the victims of an early morning attack on a mosque in Gadan Village of Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano has died in the hospital.

AIG Umar Mamman Sanda reportedly disclosed this when he led a delegation of security personnel, including the Commissioner of Police in the State and the Director of Department of State Services (DSS) to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, where the injured are being treated.

The State police command has also confirmed the arrest of the principal suspect behind the mosque explosion.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usaini Gumel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Wednesday that a 38-year-old- man, Shafi’u Abubakar, had been arrested over the incident.

He said that the suspect had confessed to attacking the mosque because of a long-standing family dispute over inheritance sharing.

“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, ” he said.

The CP said that preliminary forensic analysis indicated that the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb and a detailed investigation was ongoing.

He added that further details would be released in due course.

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