Police arrest 13-yr-old girl with explosive vest

By The Citizen
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The police in Kano State have arrested a 13-year-old girl with a suicide vest packed with explosives in Kano.

The unnamed girl was reportedly arrested hours after an attack by two female suicide bombers on Thursday at the Kantin Kwari textile market in Kano.

According to a source quoted by the AFP, the girl turned up at a clinic on the outskirts of Kano hours after the previous bombings seeking medical attention but suspicious medical officials alerted security agents.

'The people there called the attention of security personnel who found explosives primed for a suicide attack on her,' an anonymous security source told AFP.

Our correspondent contacted the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, for confirmation but he said report about the arrest of the girl had not reached him.

When the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderele Shinaba, was contacted, he neither deny nor confirm the development.

'We will give the public information on this at the appropriate time. But at the moment, I cannot tell you what has happened for security reasons,' he said.

However, the National Emergency Management Agency, had stated that death toll in Thursday's bomb blast had increased to 32.

The North Central Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Abdulsalam Mohammed, told theNews Agency of Nigeria on Friday that all the corpses had been deposited at the mortuary. Agency report