A 10-year old boy yesterday alerted the police to the presence of a strange car primed with 13 high caliber Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, near a Juma’at Mosque in Kano, saving several lives in the process.
Kano was attacked last Monday with a suicide bomber driving into the School of Hygiene, killing eight people and wounding 25.
The bomb laden car was parked near a Mosque at Sauna Fafunga in Dakata area of Nasarawa Local Government Area, targeting Muslim worshippers.
The IEDs which were primed to go off at about 2:00 p.m. would have been remote controlled by the terrorists, but for the prompt response of the police.
The 10-year old boy had notified the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Dakata, Superintendent Sani Ahmed that he suspected a rickety car parked by the side of the Mosque.
The DPO immediately contacted the Bompai police headquarters for prompt response by the Anti-bomb squad which came on time to save the situation.
The Commissioner of Police, Adenrele Shinaba while speaking to journalists at the Bompai Headquarters of the police Command confirmed that the attack would have been devastating if they had succeeded.
He said, “if they had succeeded the whole area would have gone down and the sound alone would have shaken the foundation of Kano.”
“Today, being Friday, at a place called Sauna Fafunga in Dakata area; we got information that we should come and see a vehicle that was parked within the vicinity of a Juma’at Mosque. Our anti-bomb team responded promptly.
“On searching the vehicle, we discovered high caliber IEDs, about 13 in number which can ruin a whole village.
“We asked people to leave the area and when we detonated one of them, it shook the majority of the buildings around the area; and in fact, one of the buildings had a big crack as a result of that.
“The IEDs had the capacity to pull down all the structures around that area. We also discovered ammunition; and their intention was to stay around and shoot people who could escape the explosion.
“I am an advocate of community policing; and I appreciate the support we have been receiving from members of the public. We appreciate the people of Kano and we urge them to continue to support us with useful information.
“We promise never to disclose the identity of anyone who brings information to us and we also urge residents to remain security conscious at all times,” Shinaba added.