KANO—There were heavy explosion and sporadic gunshots last night at Janbulo area, along Bayero University Kano Road, following a failed attempt by a suicide bomber to blow up a mosque while prayers were going on.
The attack resulted in the death of the bomber and three gunmen.
An eyewitness said the suicide bomber ran past in a vehicle in an attempt to detonate the bomb inside the mosque while the Muslim faithful were praying.
A member of the vigilant group providing security in the area suspected the movement of the suicide bomber and alerted the police who countered the plan.
According to the source, the incident drew the attention of several people who ran helter-skelter in various directions to avoid the cross fire between the gunmen and the police.
The said mosque is located near the residence of a top security officer, a source said.
Sources in the area also added that several sporadic gunshots were heard, even as residents remained indoors.
It was gathered that the gunmen attempted to attack some people in the area but were countered by the security personnel.
The area has been condoned off by the joint security task force (JTF) but there’s been no report of any arrests.
The Kano State Police Command confirmed the incident and said three of the gunmen were killed during the attack.
“The suicide bomber was burnt beyond recognition and three of the gunmen were killed instantly”, a source in the command told our correspondent.
He further said that a vehicle, rounds of ammunitions, an AK47 gun were found with the gunmen during the attack.
The state Police commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris said some of the gunmen attempted to attack a mosque in the area but were confronted by policemen who engaged them in a gun battle resulting in the death of four of the gunmen.
Mr. Idris told reporters Sunday night that security personnel have taken control and cordoned off the whole area after the attack.