By Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna.
Over 200 people have been killed and hundreds others injured following a multiple bomb explosion at the Central Mosque in Kano on Friday.
Sources told News Investigators that the attackers drove into the mosque premises while the Jumat prayer was on and rammed its explosion-laden vehicle on the worshippers while three others assailants were shooting sporadically.
“People were already praying, and three men in the vehicles were just shooting at sight, so that’s why the figure is very high,” said a source who added that the casualty figure was under reported.
Official statement on the exact number of deaths at the Kano blast is still awaited.
Kano State Police Command Spokesman, Mr.Mustapha Abubakar, told journalists the police were “still taking stock of the actual persons that have died.”
The Military Joint Task Force, Spokesperson, Capt. Ikechukwu Eze also confirmed the Kano Central Mosque incident.
The Mosque is the second largest worship centre where Muslims worship every Friday in the city.
The Chief Imam of the Mosque, Sani Zahradeen, was leading the prayers when the incident occurred.
It is also located close to the Emir of Kano palace, so the Emir usually prays there.
Eyewitnesses told our reporters that multiple bombs exploded before three armed men opened fire at worshippers who were trying to escape from the scene of the explosion.
Shortly after, angry youths took to the streets to protest what they perceived as delay response by security personnel to their rescue.