An explosion hit a busy bus station in northern Nigeria’s largest city Kano on Tuesday, witnesses said, just hours after another terminus
was hit in Potiskum, Yobe state.
The explosion at the Kano Line
Station occurred at about 3:40 pm (1540 GMT) and sent people rushing
from the site of the blast, many of them covered in blood. The police
say at least 12 people have been confirmed dead.
“I was attending
to customers when I heard a loud explosion that shook the building,”
said one local shopkeeper who works opposite the terminus.
An orange seller inside the bus station confirmed his account.
“We rushed outside and we saw plumes of black smoke coming from the Kano Line Station,” the shopkeeper said.
“People and buses were rushing out of the bus station. One bus was splattered with blood and human flesh.”
was no immediate indication of casualties but there were fears of a
heavy death toll, given that the bus station is normally packed with
commuters and travellers.
The police had cordoned off the scene.
is north Nigeria’s largest city and has been among the places hardest
hit by Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which is aiming to create a
hardline Islamic state in the region.
One of the worst strikes was
a November 29 attack on worshippers attending Friday prayers at the
city’s central mosque, which killed at least 120 people and injured 270
Last July, Kano was attacked by female bombers four times
in a week, while in January 2012, Boko Haram gunmen rampaged across the
city, killing at least 185.