By Abdulsalam Muhammad
KANO – The Kano commander of Shia movement in Nigeria, Muhammad Mahmud Turi, Friday, said 21 members of the sect lost their lives while 45 others were injured when a suicide bomber struck the procession at Dakasoye village near Kano.
Sheik Turi told reporters that the incident occured by 2.00pm shortly after a suicide bomber was caught by its vigilante group in the procession who confirmed that another bomber was in the midst of the procession.
Turi explained that the loose suicide bomber detonated his bomb at the point of been captured alive by the search team.
The revered religious figure said that the tragic incident would not deterred the group from carry on with the journey to Zaria, adding that ‘you don’t display cowardice or cowed by death threat when carrying out religious obligations.”
“Today Friday, 21 members have been elevated to matrydom and they would be accepted by Allah to the bliss of Janatul Firdausi”.
Turi revealed that the captured suicide bomber said that he was from Mubi and was abducted by the Boko Haram sect and taken to Sambisa forest where he was exposed to the training on the art of suicide bombing.
The religious leader said that the suicide bomber further revealed that he was ferried to Kano alongside other and quartered at Gwamaja area of Kano metropolis before they were deployed to the carryout the heinous act.
But, the Kano police Commissioner, Muhammad Musa Katsina who stormed the scene with his men had a running battle with the sect that bluntly refused to hands off the suspected bomber.
The sect through one of their local leader told the Commissioner that they would only play game if there supreme leader El Zakky Zakky directed otherwise.
Speaking further on the tragic incident, a local Journalist, Ali Kakaki who was at the scene of the blast told Vanguard that women, children and a number of youngsters were affected by the blast.