A loud explosion was heard tonight along the Hausa/Igbo Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano, triggering fears that the city might have come under attack from the extremist Boko Haram sect.
Details of the incident, said to have occurred at 9:30 PM, are still sketchy, although some residents suggest casualties are likely.
The explosion, which took people unawares, caused serious stampede of vehicles around the area which resulted in multiple accidents on many roads closed to the scene of the blast.
The Kano state Police Command confirmed the incident, but declined to provide details.
“We heard a loud bang around the Sabongari area but we can only confirm details later,” spokesperson of the command, Musa Majiya told PREMIUM TIMES. “We have since deployed our operatives and bomb disposal experts to the scene.”
A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that police and JTF detachments have already taken position around the area and have barricaded all roads around the Hausa/Igbo Road.
The witness said the casualty figure in the explosion might be high going by the multiple motor accidents that followed the explosion.
Kano, the North’s most populated and cosmopolitan city had enjoyed months of respite from the militant sect after series of deadly attacks.