Monday, 19 May 2014

Photos From Yesterday's Kano Beer Joint Bombing

Two survivors of a suicide bomb blast sit in the emergency unit of Kano's hospital, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP

A suspected car bomb ripped through a crowded entertainment spot in the north Nigerian city of Kano on Sunday, witnesses said.

Four people were killed, including a young girl, in the suicide car bomb attack, the Kano State  police commissioner said.

At about 2200 (2100 GMT), we heard an explosion and immediately mobilised to the scene where we discovered a suicide bomber… five people, including the bomber, were killed,” Adelere Shinaba told reporters, adding that the victims were “three men and a girl of about 12″.
Shinaba said it was too early to say who was responsible for the attack, which happened in the busy Sabon Gari district of the city.

Locals also said the blast was on a busy road lined with bars in the predominantly Christian area of Sabon Gari, and the blast could be heard several kilometres (miles) away, Channels television said 10 people had been killed.

The blast happened at about 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) when the area was crowded with revellers as well as street hawkers and traders. Witnesses claimed that a car was left in the Middle Road area of Sabon Gari and its driver left on a motorbike. The blast happened soon afterwards.

Sabon Gari, an area populated by Christians and non-indigenes, has been the target of previous Boko Haram attacks; multiple blasts in July 2013 killed 24 people. Three months earlier, 25 people were also killed in the area by a suicide bombing of the bus station

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