Kano, Nigeria (TFC) – A suicide bomb attack struck the northern Nigerian state of Kano Friday, 27 November, leaving at least 21 dead in an attack attributed to militant terrorist group Boko Haram.
The attack came at about 2pm local time, targeted a group of Shia Muslim pilgrims traveling between the cities of Kano and Zaria. Occurring near the village of Dakasoye, roughly 20 kilometers south of the capital of the State of Kano, Kano City, and reports indicate that two attackers, dressed as pilgrims, ran into the center of the procession. One detonated a bomb which was, according to police official Muhammad Musa Katsina, “made of high caliber explosive,” killing themselves and at least 21 others. The other individual was quickly apprehended.
According to reports, the surviving attacker has confirmed that this was a Boko Haram attack, saying that he and his accomplice had arrived in Kano from a Boko Haram training camp eleven days prior to the attack.
This attack come on the heels of two other Boko Haram attacks earlier this month, which left 12 dead and more then 66 injured.
The pilgrims, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, were on a journey called the “Symbolic Trek of Arbaeen,” a pilgrimage to honor their founder in the region.
Boko Haram, a radical Salafist and Wahhabist group, has targeted military, police, Christian, and tribal groups in Nigeria and the surrounding regions since 2009. However, the majority of their targets, like D’aesh (The Islamic State, to whom Boko Haram has publicly claimed allegiance) have been Shia Muslims, like those of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The unrest of the last six years has left some 17,000 dead in Nigeria, with many more displaced.
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