One Killed Scores Injured After Arson Attack on Kano Mosque

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Following the explosion that hit a mosque in Laraba Abasawa area of Gazewa Local Government Area of Kano state, the police have apprehended a man allegedly associated with the detonation of a bomb that claimed the life of a worshipper and inflicted injuries on 24 others. The incident occurred early Wednesday morning when the worshippers were observing the ‘Subh’ prayer at Gadan, a community in the LGA. The state commissioner of police, Usaini Gumel, told reporters that Shafi’u Abubakar, 38, later told investigators that he targeted the worshippers over a family dispute on inheritance. “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,” the police commissioner said.

The police chief said preliminary forensic analysis indicated that the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb. He said a detailed investigation was ongoing. Meanwhile, one of the victims died while receiving treatment at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.

Umar Sanda, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police who visited the crime scene, confirmed the death of the victim to reporters. AIG Sanda clarified that the incident was not an act of terrorism but rather stemmed from a dispute over inheritance distribution.

According to him, the suspect, identified as Shafiu Aminu, was dissatisfied with the distribution and resorted to violence. He then used a locally made bomb to execute the act.“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 suspect was said to be not satisfied with the distribution … and was reacting to that. He is presently with us and is giving out useful information. Out of the 24 that were admitted here, one is dead. It is really unfortunate. He used a locally made bomb to commit the crime,” Mr Sanda said.

Sanda said the state government had pledged to offer medical support for the victims currently admitted at the hospital.