How Muhammadu Buhari, Dahiru Bauchi Were Attacked in Kaduna Blast – Eye Witness
Details of how former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi were attacked in the two explosions ripped through parts of Kaduna in Kaduna State on Wednesday, has emerged.
The first explosion targeted a popular Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, while the second targeted a former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Both men escaped unhurt in the blasts that forced the state government to impose a 24-hour curfew on the city.
On the first bomb targeting Bauchi which exploded, on the busy Alkali Road in the city centre, an eyewitness said the lone bomber, who rode on a motorbike followed the convoy of the cleric after the lecture.
He was said to have been blocked by security operatives who suspected him but he forced his way through the crowd and detonated his explosive.
Security operatives were seen conveying the wounded to a nearby hospital and the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital for treatment.
On the attack of the motorcade of Buhari, two accounts emerged.
While one had it that the bomber, on sighting Buhari’s convoy hauled explosives at it, the second claimed that the bomber rammed his Toyota Sienna into the motorcade.
An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Idris said, “The suicide bomber hauled explosives at the convoy of the former Head of State but one of the cars in the convoy and a Toyota Prado conveying Buhari were hit.
“He was shielded into a Toyota Sienna that took him away from the scene.”
Another witness, who did not want his name in print, said the bomber rammed his vehicle into the convoy of the general, hitting his jeep and others cars.
“In fact, a car in the convoy was badly damaged. Buhari escaped narrowly. We doubt if his security operatives escaped unhurt”.
The former Head of State shortly after the incident released a statement saying that the attack was an assassination attempt on his life.
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