Leadership (Abuja)

4 December 2012

Nigeria: Police, FRSC, Hisbah Officials Injured in Kano Blast

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The scene of a previous Kano blasts.

An explosion occurred in the early morning of yesterday around Kantin Kwari Market junction in Kano Metropolis, injuring three people, a road safety official, a policeman and an official of the state Hisbah command.

An eyewitness told our correspondent in Kano that the blast occurred at about 8:45am near the traffic junction along the IBB Way, where the security officials normally gathered to control traffic in the area.

According to the witness, a traffic warden, who was controlling traffic at the junction, and two other persons were severely injured in the blast, which was said to have shaken many houses in Fagge area and shops in the textiles market, sending people fleeing in different directions.

Our correspondent reports that business activities at the famous Kantin Kwari Textile Materials were disrupted for several hours as police cordoned off the area.

"Luckily, the incident happened when most of the people were still at home, as it would have affected many people, particularly traders who normally sell their wares near the place," said the witnesses, who did not want his name in print.

It was gathered that shortly after the incident, operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent criminal elements from capitalising on the confusion to loot the market.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, who confirmed the incident, said the bomb was planted near the Eid praying ground which is very close to the Kantin Kwari junction in the metropolis.

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