24 Injured In Kano Mosque Explosion, Suspect Arrested

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

At least 24 persons have sustained various degrees of injury following an explosion at a mosque in Gadan Village, in the Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.

Spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said preliminary forensic analysis showed that the explosion, which occurred around 5:20am on Wednesday, during the Subhi (early morning) prayer,
was suspected to be caused by petrol.

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TheFact Daily gathered that the injured, including 20 adult males and four male children, were transported to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital for treatment.

Kiyawa said that the scene was cordoned off and the victims were rushed to the hospital where they are currently receiving medical care.

Kiyawa also disclosed that the principal suspect, identified as 38-year-old Shafi’u Abubakar, has been arrested.

According to Kiyawa, the suspect, in his statement to the police, cited a prolonged family dispute over inheritance as his motive.

“He said his action was purely in hostility following a prolonged family disagreement over sharing of inheritance, and he did that for his voice to be heard,” Kiyawa reported.

The police assured the public that a detailed investigation is underway and more information will be released in due course.

“The suspect is currently in police custody, and a detailed investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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