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UPDATE: 15 Dead, 53 Injured in Kano GSM Market Blast, Police Confirms



A twin bomb blast which went off at the Kano GSM market in Nasarawa GRA, Kano state, yesterday, has claimed 15 lives, while 53 were injured, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Katsina has said.

The blast was said to have been carried out by two teenagers. One was said to be about 11 years old and the other in her late teens, about 18years of age.

According to Mr. Katsina, 10 persons died on the spot while five of the 58 persons rushed to the hospital later died.

Also confirming the death toll, the State Police spokesman, Musa Hajiya, who said the attacks were carried out by two female suicide bombers, aged 11 and 18, conveyed to the GSM market in a Volkswagen bus.

He disclosed that 15 people were killed, apart from the suicide bombers, in the attacks while 53 persons sustained wounds.

“Today about quarter to four in the evening, a Volkswagen bus came to the GSM‎ market and dropped two girls. One is 11 and the other is about 18,” he said.

“The girls were all in hijab. One entered the GSM market while the other was outside. They blew themselves up simultaneously.

“Apart from the suicide bombers, 15 people were killed while 53 sustained wounds and are receiving treatment at hospital. The entry-exit point‎s in Kano state have been blocked and we are trying to track the bus. Investigation has commenced.”

The blast came a day after 32 people were killed and 80 injured in a blast in Yola, capital of Adamawa state.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed that the dreaded Boko Haram sect, carried out the attack.