Five dead in Catholic church bombing in Nigeria

File: Five people died in the bombing of Saint Charles Catholic church in north Nigeria's Kano province. Police suspect an explosive was thrown from across the road. Photo: eNCA

KANO - At least five people were killed and eight were injured Sunday in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's north, police said.

The attack came shortly after the end of mass, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP: "We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that was thrown from across the road" at the Saint Charles Catholic church in Kano's Sabon Gari district, which has suffered previous attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Idowu Kazim, a mechanic in the area, said: "We heard the explosion at around 2:15 pm (1315 GMT) and moments later a police anti-bomb truck sped past in the direction of the scene."

Another resident who lives near the church told AFP on condition of anonymity the blast "made me dash out to my balcony".

On June 23, a bomb blast at a public health college in the city killed at least eight, while on May 19, a suicide car bomb attack in Sabon Gari killed at least four people, including a young girl.

At least four strong explosions rocked the same area on July 29 last year, killing 12.

Blame has been attributed to the Islamist militants, who have been waging a violent insurgency in the country's north since 2009.

Meanwhile police on Sunday prevented a female would-be suicide bomber from carrying out an attack at a university in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city

"A female suicide bomber was isolated as she was walking towards the gate of the university," police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP, adding that she had hidden the bomb under her "long black hijab".


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