Police Avert Car Bomb Explosion Parked Near Mosque in Kano
The Kano State police command said it uncovered a car wired with explosives parked very close to a mosque by suspected terrorists as Muslim faithfuls observe their eid prayer on Sunday.
The explosives were planted in a white Peugeot 406 car at about 1.am on Sunday which the terrorists would have detonated during the Eid prayers attended by thousands of worshipers.
Briefing newsmen on the discovery of what he described as high-caliber car bomb, the state commissioner of police Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said the causality figure would have been so alarming had the bomb exploded at a time when tens of thousands of Muslims were observing their Eld-El-Fitr prayer at the Mosque.
Shinaba said:” We are here to explain some of the activities the Kano Police Command have been engaged in and part of the achievements we recorded over the night.” “We are aware that there is going to be Eid-Fitr prayers at the various praying grounds in Kano. We have been all out before now to ensure that we have a hitch-free sallah celebrations.
“We have mapped out our strategies, which yielded a very positive result. The vehicle you are seeing here is a white Peugeot 406 car, which was primed with high calibre Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and was parked strategically at a spot, an area where there is going to be a very heavy crowd this morning for the Eid prayers .
“Their motive is to blow up as many Muslim faithful as possible but to God be the glory, we were able to move round and examined the vehicle, screened it properly and discovered that there are explosives in it.
“So my anti-bomb squad swiftly moved to the area where they quickly detonated it by 1: am and moved the vehicle out of the scene to the Police Headquarters.
“We thank God we have been able to save a lot of lives as a result of this discovery, as the vehicle was primed at 1:am for the purpose of blowing it off this morning during the Eid prayers.
“The location of the primed vehicle is close to the Isyaku Rabiu Jumat mosque. The explosive is of high calibre and it was a big one that was primed in the vehicle.
“At the time the anti-bomb squad was trying to detonate it after breaking the side glass to gain entrance into the vehicle, it caused a collateral damage. And that collateral damage would have been on the people of Kano.
“So, we want to us this opportunity to express our very deep appreciation to the good people of Kano for the support they have been and still rendering to law enforcement agencies in the state, and hope that it will be sustained and we can assure you that we will do our very best to give our best to the people of Kano.
“This information came through a responsible Kano indigene,” Shinaba explained.
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