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Confusion Over Conflicting Cause of Kano Explosion Which Killed Three Residents

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Conflicting accounts have continued to trail the cause of an explosion that killed no fewer than three residents of Kano in Aba road, Sabongari, in the Fagge Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Details of the incident are still sketchy, but residents said that an explosive device went off in the early hours of the day.

As a resident attributed the explosion to the handy work of a suicide bomber, the Police and the state government both also have different accounts.

The Daily Trust had reported that when its correspondent visited the scene, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were seen packing what is suspected to be shattered body parts of someone believed is be a suicide bomber.

A welder in front of Winners Schools, Kano, which is adjacent to the scene, is reported to be among the casualties.

However, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Dikko, attributed the incident to a gas cylinder explosion.

“The seller’s shop is on the ground floor of the building, where the school is located. So, when the cylinder exploded, it brought down the building and the pupils got injured. There wasn’t a bomb blast,” he told journalists.

The Kano state government has also debunked the reports that the explosion occurred in a school.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba said the incident happened at an animal feed store opposite the school.

He said while the cause of the explosion and the damage it had done is yet to be officially ascertained, an investigation has since commenced to determine the cause, impact and measures to be taken.

Garba called on the people in the state, particularly those living in the area, where the incident occurred, to remain calm, while the government in collaboration with relevant agencies are working on the matter.

The commissioner assured that government would keep the public abreast of any development and warned people to desist from spreading unsubstantiated news.


Additional reports courtesy of Daily Trust

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