JUST IN: Police arrest Kano mosque bomber, recover explosives

Police authorities in Kano have confirmed the arrest of the suspect allegedly behind the early morning attack on a mosque in Gadan Village of Gezawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state commissioner of police, Usaini Gumel said that a 38-year-old- man, Shafi’u Abubakar, was arrested over the incident.

He said that 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 a.m. the police received a report of an explosion at a mosque in Gadan Village during the dawn prayer, leaving several people injured,” Gumel said.

“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 added.

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

This is even as the police confirmed the death of one of the victims of an early morning attack on the mosque on Wednesday, May 15.

AIG Umar Mamman Sanda disclosed this when he led a delegation of security personnel, including the CP, the Director of Department of State Services (DSS) to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, where the injured are being treated.

He said: “What happened is not associated with any act of terrorism but rather, it was a skirmish that aroused as a result of inheritance distribution.

“The suspect was said to be not satisfied with the distribution … and was reacting to that. He is presently with us and is giving out useful information. Out of the 24 that were admitted here, one is dead. It is really unfortunate. He used a locally made bomb to commit the crime.”

He called for calm as the matter has been taken up by the security operatives, adding the state government is doing everything possible to provide medical care to the victims on admission.

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