10 February 2013

Nigeria: Horror in Kano - How We Escaped Death - Polio Workers

Photo: Gates Foundation
A local health worker carries polio vaccines in Nigeria (file photo).

Kano — The few health workers who survived the attack by gumen on polio vaccinators in Kano on Friday cheated death by lying down on the floor and pretending to have been killed.

This was part of the revelations made by survivors in interviews with our correspondents who visited them at Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano at the weekend.

Sunday Trust gathered that the gunmen did not only shoot the health workers, they also set fire on them to ensure no survivors were left.

Nine female polio vaccinators lost their lives in two separate shootings at health centres in Kano within an hour on Friday.

When our reporters visited th hospitals, the survivors were too traumatised to talk.

Khadijah, a 22-year-old Economics graduate of Sa'adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano said they all lay motionless as the gunmen wetted the place with Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and set fire to ensure that there were no survivors.

This is the first time health workers in Kano have been so hounded.

Such attacks said to be the handiwork of anti-western style of living, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnati Lidda'awati Wal Jihad commonly called Boko Haram, have been against security agents and top public officials.

No group has claimed responsibility yet.

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