Nigeria: One killed in suicide bomb attack near northern Nigeria Emir’s palace

18th Apr 2013

KANO, (Xinhua):- One person was killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack near the palace of the Emir of Kano in northwestern Nigeria on Wednesday night, military authorities in the state reported.

Spokesperson of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano State Captain Ikedichi Iweha confirmed the attack to Xinhua on phone and said one of the two suspected bombers rode an explosive- laden tricycle to carry out the dastardly act.

The explosion occurred at a place called Kofar Fatalwa, near the Kano Central Mosque, which is a stone’s throw from the emir’s palace, he said.

The emir is regarded as the most revered religious and traditional leader of people of the northern state.

One of the suspected bombers was lynched and later burnt alive by an angry mob which scurried to the scene, defying effects of the loud blast, a resident identified as Musa Ibrahim told Xinhua.

“The other suspect has been handed over to the security agents, ” Ibrahim said.

Although it was unclear if the latest attack was targeted at the emir, Xinhua learnt it occurred a few minutes after the Islamic evening prayer held at the central mosque where the religious leader holds prayer every week.

In January, the emir escaped death by a whisker when some gunmen laid ambush to attack his convoy on a northern route, killing some of his guards.

He sustained minor injuries from the attack and recently returned to the west African country after receiving treatment abroad.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Wednesday night explosion occurred barely 12 hours after Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan approved the constitution of a 26-member committee to constructively engage key members of the Boko Haram sect in fruitful dialogue and define a comprehensive and workable framework for resolving the crisis of insecurity in the northern part of the west African country.

Editor: yan


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