UPDATE: At Least 25 Killed in the First of Multiple Explosions in Kaduna
At least 25 people died in an explosion that rocked the central area of Kaduna on Wednesday, a report has said.
The blast which occurred along Isa Kaita road which leads to the popular Murtala Square is believed to have targeted the convoy a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who was on his way to the Square.
An eye witness at the scene of the blast said the bomb, concealed in a red Volkswagen golf car parked by the road side, was detonated as the cleric’s convoy drove past.
The sheikh escaped unhurt, the witness said.
“As I speak to you now, I can see many bodies on the ground,” Mr. Mohammed said.
The police could not be immediately reached.
But the witness said security and emergency officials have arrived at the scene evacuating the victims of the blast.
The blast is the second targeting Mr. Bauchi in Kaduna State. In June, an explosion occurred near his house injuring one person.
The Sheikh is a known critic of the extremist Boko Haram sect. It is however not clear whether the group is responsible for the attack.