Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide
on a Shiite Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano
that killed 22 people.
The hardline Islamist group said in a
statement in Arabic on social media its bomber “detonated his explosives
which led to the death” of the victims on Friday.
“And by the
permission of Allah these attacks of ours against Shi’a polytheists will
continue until we cleanse the earth of their filth,” it warned.
At least 21 people were initially reported killed but the toll rose after one more person was confirmed dead.
now, we have 22 deaths following the death of one more person
yesterday. Thirty-eight people have also been injured, two of whom have
been discharged from the hospital,” one of the organisers of the march
Ali Kakaki told AFP Saturday.
He said that, despite the attack on
Friday, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria members had continued their
march from Kano to Zaria in neighbouring Kaduna state, where their
leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is based.
The march is to mark Ashura, which commemorates the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
the attack, many more of our members have joined the procession,”
Kakaki said, adding that they aimed to arrive at their destination next
Friday’s attack took place in the village of Dakasoye, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of the city of Kano.
One of the procession’s organisers said a bomber clad in black ran into the crowd and detonated his explosives.
Haram, the radical Sunni jihadists who want to create a hardline
Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, has previously been blamed for
attacks on Shia Muslims in the region.
Boko Haram, whose six-year
insurgency has left at least 17,000 people dead and made more than 2.6
million homeless, condemns Shias as heretics who should be killed.
group has increasingly used suicide bombers against “soft” civilian
targets since the start of a military offensive earlier this year that
pushed them out of territory they controlled.
Muhammadu Buhari has given his military commanders until next month to
end the conflict but there are fears that suicide and bomb attacks may
Source: PM News