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Boko Haram claims suicide attack on Shiite Muslims in Kano


Boko-HaramBoko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shiite Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano that killed 22 people.

The hardline Islamist group said in a statement in Arabic on social media its bomber “detonated his explosives which led to the death” of the victims on Friday.

“And by the permission of Allah these attacks of ours against Shi’a polytheists will continue ‎until we cleanse the earth of their filth,” it warned.

At least 21 people were initially reported killed but the toll rose after one more person was confirmed dead.

“For now, we have 22 deaths following the death of one more person yesterday. Thirty-eight people have also been injured, two of whom have been discharged from the hospital,” one of the organisers of the march Ali Kakaki told AFP Saturday.

He said that, despite the attack on Friday, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria members had continued their march from Kano to Zaria in neighbouring Kaduna state, where their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is based.

The march is to mark Ashura, which commemorates the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

“Following the attack, many more of our members have joined the procession,” Kakaki said, adding that they aimed to arrive at their destination next week.

Friday’s attack took place in the village of Dakasoye, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of the city of Kano.

One of the procession’s organisers said a bomber clad in black ran into the crowd and detonated his explosives.

Boko Haram, the radical Sunni jihadists who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, has previously been blamed for attacks on Shia Muslims in the region.

Boko Haram, whose six-year insurgency has left at least 17,000 people dead and made more than 2.6 million homeless, condemns Shias as heretics who should be killed.

The group has increasingly used suicide bombers against “soft” civilian targets since the start of a military offensive earlier this year that pushed them out of territory they controlled.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given his military commanders until next month to end the conflict but there are fears that suicide and bomb attacks may persist.

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  • New Nigerian

    May God forgive the departed, console the bereaved and safegaurd all Nigerians. There seem to be some bogus claims without evidence – Which Boko Haram has any social media site? Is education, not abhorrent to these manufactured militia? who hosts their social media site? and why is it allowed to exist? It is sad that Nigerians continue to be blown off like this…the Nigerian intelligence and security community should work in a coordinated way to end the setting off of ied’s either remotely or through paid carriers. The capturing of John Trankil and his ied factory – and such wins against Boko Haram – should have revealed intelligence that lead to stopping ied manufacturing, distribution and detonation in the North. The Sponsors and their death merchants should be unmasked and brought to justice. May God expose ad punish evil doers. Amen

  • jellybelly

    A national newspaper (The Guardian) cutting-and-pasting an article from a foreign news agency (AFP) on a suicide bomb in Nigeria.

    Capacity and not Corruption is our primary issue.