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Blasts in Kano kill six

30 July 2013, 07:32

Kano - A series of explosions rocked Kano on Monday, killing at least six people and sparking panic in a neighbourhood previously targeted by Boko Haram Islamists.

The Sabon Gari area of Kano, where four blasts were reported, is full of outdoor bars and eateries and known for its bustling nightlife.

"We have had some explosions in Sabon Gari this evening. The explosions happened at open-air beer parlours, where people were playing snooker," Kano State Police Commissioner Musa Daura told AFP.

"I can confirm six dead and six others injured," he said, adding that the cause of the blasts was not yet known.

The blame was likely to fall on Boko Haram, the insurgent group which says it is fighting to create an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north.

Residents described the area as being littered with the personal belonging of those who ran in fear once the explosions began.

"There is confusion all over the place," said Chinyere Madu, a fruit vendor. "There were four huge explosions, so huge that they shook the whole area. Everywhere is enveloped in smoke and dust."

She told AFP the scene was too chaotic to assess the extent of the damage, but said she "saw one person carrying someone on his shoulders with bleeding legs."

"My house is not far from there," resident Kola Oyebanji told AFP. "All my windows are shattered."

Idika Tobias, who also lives in the area, told AFP he had visited the blast site and stood amid a "litter of personal effects left behind by people fleeing the area."

"Shoes, bags, cellphones" and other items were scattered around, he explained.

A small church sandwiched between two bars was among the targets, Tobias added.

Another resident who requested anonymity said he heard gunshots ring out after the series of explosions.

Soldiers were reported to have cornered off the area.




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