Kano, the commercial centre of North Central Nigeria was on Friday hit by a series of explosions. The attack which was carried out by the Boko Haram sect started hours after the police declared one Kabir Umar wanted and placed a N 50 million ransom on him. Umar also known as Kabir Sokoto is the suspected mastermind of the deadly Christmas attack on a church in Niger State.
About 20 explosions rocked the city of Kano making people scamper for safety. One of the blasts hit the Zone 1 Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force blowing off the roof while a number of other police stations including the ones at Naibawa, Dakata, Farm Centre and BUK Road were also hit. Reports also say the residence of the Kano State Commissioner of Police witnessed an explosion.
Offices of the State Security Service and the Immigration Service were not spared in the bomb attacks. The bombs exploded simultaneously after the first one went off at 5.02 pm causing panic all over the city. Thick smoke could also be seen rising in many parts as the whole town was suddenly shut down on Friday evening.
The number of casualties could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report while the Kano State Police PRO too could not be reached for comments.It was however confirmed that Channels TV Kano Correspondent, Enenche Okogwu was one of those who died in the attack. He was shot dead while filming the attack at the Farm Centre Police Station in Kano.