Bomb Explosion Rocked Zaria Yesterday Killing Over 15 And Injuring Scores.
Zaria, the ancient city in Zaria Local Government Area was thrown into confusion in the early hours of yesterday when explosion hit the place killing over 15 and injured scores.
Government official statement by Governor Nasir El-rufai’s media Assistant Samunel Aruwan said terrorists detonated the explosives that killed and injured several persons at the secretariat of the Sabon-Gari Local Government Area.
“The city of Zaria today suffered a terrible act of infamy. Terrorists detonated explosives that killed and injured several persons at the secretariat of the Sabon-Gari local government council. The casualty count, as at 12 noon is 25 fatalities, including a two-year old child. Thirty-two injured persons are being treated at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and other hospitals in the city”. This led to the banning of street hawking and begging.
It added that the blast went off as the residents welcomed the new chairman of the interim management committee of the local government to his office at the secretariat. Some local government staff from Lere and Ikara Councils was also undergoing biometric verification at the venue, according to the statement.
Government expressed its sadness at this mindless attack on our citizens and has condoled with the victims and is coordinating the treatment of the survivors. Speaking at the scene of the blast, the governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai sympathised with the direct victims and the residents of Zaria.
He prayed Allah to grant the souls of the deceased victims’ peaceful repose. He condemned the attack as an inhuman act of terror, and urged the people of Kaduna State as a whole to be vigilant, even as they preserve the peace. The governor said residents of the state should promptly report all suspicious persons and activities to the security agencies and community leaders.
The governor further announced the deployment of extra security forces across the state.Malam El-Rufai urged the people of the state to shun large gatherings “but, where that is impossible, to exercise and practise maximum vigilance and vigorous checks on persons, vehicles and luggage”. To prevent future occurrence, Kaduna state government has banned street hawking and begging on till further notice.