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As reactions continued to trail the Friday multiple bomb blasts and
shootings that rocked the commercial city of Kano, reports indicate that
more people might have died from the incidents.
Police had on Friday bight confirmed the death of seven people including
Mr Enenche Akogwu, a cameraman with Channels Television in the blasts.
However unconfirmed reports on Saturday indicate that the death toll from
the incident which the notorious Boko Haram sect has already claimed
responsibility, might have risen to over 150.
It was gathered that several corpses littered most streets early on
Saturday morning while virtually all major morgues were said to be filled
Agence France Presse, quoted an unnamed mortuary attendant in one of
the major hospitals as disclosing that the morgue where he works has
received 162 corpses.
“We have been receiving dead bodies since last night from agencies
involved in the evacuation of bodies. At this moment we have 162 bodies
in the morgue and this figure may change because bodies are still being
brought,” AFP quoted the source as saying.
He however disclosed that concerned relatives have been visiting the
hospital in search of their relations who are yet to return to confirm
whether they are among the dead.
Consequently the source some people whose dead were among those
deposited in the morgue have been coming up to claim them for burial.
Following the incident which led to imposition of a 24 hour curfew on the
town, Kano which is once remarkable for its boisterous commercial
activities has suddenly become a ghost city as residents remained
On Saturday, 18 December last year, Boko Haram had threatened to
launch attacks on Kano if the security services continue to arrest its
members. Sect leader Abubakar Shekau claimed in a letter sent to the
state government and the media that Boko Haram members have been
arrested over the past five months on the pretext that they were thieves
and armed robbers.
"We are therefore compelled to write this letter to inform Kano residents of
this development so that when we launch attacks in the city as we have
been doing in Maiduguri, they should not blame us," Shekau reportedly
stated in the letter.
Following the threat and eventual hit on Friday there are fears of possible
fresh attacks by the sect as residents, especially non-indigenes planning
to leave the town as soon as normalcy returns.
Kano bomb blasts: Death toll rises
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