JTF: Kano Explosions Not Suicide Bombings, Confirms 12 Persons Dead
SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, (THEWILL) – The Joint Task Force (JTF) has confirmed that 12 persons died and many others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the multiple explosions which rocked the Sabongari area of the metropolis on Monday night.
At a media briefing on Tuesday, JTF also confirmed that the bombings carried out by suspected Boko Haram members were not suicide attacks even as it urged residents of the metropolis to be more vigilant and report suspicious movements to the security agents.
A statement issued by JTF at the briefing said: "At about 2105 hours 29 July 13(five minutes after nine pm), sounds of simultaneous explosions were triggered by persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group between numbers 38 - 41new road and igbo road by Enugu Road all in Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government Council of Kano State.
" Twelve persons were confirmed to have died from both incidents while a couple of others who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to hospital for medical attention.
"This latest incident could have been avoided if citizens maintain vigilance to observe when packages are dropped as it was in this case contrary to reports circulating in some section of the media of the attack being one by suicide bombers.
"You may recollect that the JTF had urged residents of Kano metropolis to keep an eye on their environment as members of the terrorist sect had planned to drop packages in bags or cartons in areas with high human traffic.
"While the JTF and other security agencies will not rest on their oars to rid the state of all terrorist elements, the general public is enjoined to report promptly, all unattended packages or suspicious persons to the closest security agency for immediate action.
"The JTF and other security agencies will continue to count on the support and cooperation of the people of Kano to achieve an atmosphere of peace conducive for business."