At least four people were feared dead when a bomb exploded while people were buying kerosene in Kano on Monday.
The latest bomb incident in the commercial city, coming less than 24 hours after a bomb explosion killed at least five people in Kano State, occurred near an NNPC mega station at Hotoro Quarters today.
A police bulletin issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, stated that three people died on the spot while some 8 others were injured in the latest blast. Mba said the intention of the bomber was to ignite the gas station as planned, a situation that would have clearly led to many more deaths and injuries.
The police said a suicide bomber, suspected to be female, slipped into the crowd buying kerosene at the Station before detonating the explosives.
“The suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead, eight persons are injured and rushed to the Hospital,” the police said in a statement.
Police authorities further explained that it was the security put in place at the station that prevented the situation from degenerating.
“It is instructive to note that the Mega Station did not go ablaze due to the security barricade put in place by the policemen on duty at the station,” it said.
“Such a situation would have clearly complicated the Emergency response.”
The police said security forces have since cordoned the blast scene while police bomb experts are “sweeping” the area.
Residents are advised to stay off the area and report suspicious movements to security forces; while investigations on the blast continue.
Monday’s explosion occurs about 24 hours after another bomb explosion went off in a church at Sabon Gari area of Kano killing at least five worshippers.