Bomb Blast in Sabon Gari Kano – The death toll in the explosion that shocked the city of Kano which is northwest Nigeria has moved up to nine as reported by authorities.
Earlier Kano’s Police Commissioner, Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko told CNN that the explosion was due to the gas cylinder that blasted off near a school in the Sabon Gari area of Kano.
“It was a gas explosion. There was a welder around the area and his gas cylinder exploded just very close to a private school… we have recovered four casualties, including the welder and a female. No child was affected,” Dikko said to CNN.
Eyewitnesses have also told local media that they also saw a suicide bomber set off a bomb in the blast scenes. The unofficial videos of the blast went viral on Tuesday on social media and show some unfortunate school kids in their uniforms before being taken away from the explosive scene.
The local police chief also reported to an unknown number of people who were injured during bomb Blast in Sabon Gari Kano but did not expand further on the circumstances that led to the explosion. Kano’s Information Commissioner, Mohammed Garba, also reported to CNN that no infrastructure of the school was hit by the blast.
The eyewitness related to the suicide bomber has led to numerous allegations of a cover-up. Kano police chief, Dikko, however, said that the incident was a gas cylinder explosion “There is no cover-up, he said.
Human rights lawyer, Chidi Odinkalu, also said there hasn’t been enough time for authorities to know the real cause of the explosion and that there was no proper laboratory facility in the state to know what actually happened which was just a few hours after the blast occurred.
The use age of below standard cooking gas cylinders and direct exposure to fire in densely populated areas have moved to several past explosions A welding gas cylinder is a common sight in many temporary shift welding stores in Nigeria.
In northwestern Ogun State, around seven people were killed in the different gas explosions that shocked the city in 2021. State officials also blamed some of the scary explosions on welding gas while announcing numerous ban rule for the use of it.