Police arrest suspect who bombed Kano Mosque with petrol


The Kano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of the principal suspect behind the early morning mosque explosion in Gadan village in Gezawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usaini Gumel, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday that a 38-year-old man, Shafi’u Abubakar, used a petrol bomb to attack the mosque.

He said the suspect had confessed to attacking the mosque because of a long-standing family dispute over inheritance sharing.

“On May 15, 2024, at about 5:20 am the police received a report of an explosion at a mosque in Gadan Village during the dawn prayer, leaving several people injured.

“Promptly, a team of security personnel, including experts in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Chemical Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear, EOD-CBRN, were deployed to the scene.

“Twenty-four victims, including 20 males and four children, who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment,” he said.

The CP said preliminary forensic analysis indicated that the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb and a detailed investigation was ongoing.

He said the police were continuing with investigations and would release further details in due course

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