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Death toll in blast close to faculty in Kano, Nigeria rises to 9

Earlier, Kano’s Police Commissioner, Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko advised CNN that the explosion was from a fuel cylinder that went off close to a faculty within the Sabon Gari space of Kano.

“It was a gas explosion. There was a welder around the area and his gas cylinder exploded just very close to a private school… we have recovered four casualties, including the welder and a female. No child was affected,” Dikko advised CNN from the scene of the blast.

Eyewitnesses advised native media that they noticed a suicide bomber set off a bomb on the scene of the blast. Unconfirmed movies of the blast circulating Tuesday on social media additionally present some schoolchildren in bloodied uniforms being taken away from the scene of an explosion.

The native police chief mentioned an unknown variety of folks had been injured however didn’t develop additional on the circumstances that led to the explosion.

Kano’s Information Commissioner, Mohammed Garba, additionally advised CNN that no infrastructure of the kids’s faculty was hit by the blast.

“The explosion occurred around a shop where animal feeds are being sold. The explosion site is opposite a nursery and primary school…. no building of the school was affected.”

The eyewitness accounts of a suicide bomber have led to allegations of a canopy up.

Kano police chief, Dikko, nevertheless insisted that the incident was a fuel cylinder explosion whereas describing as “mischievous information” the reviews of a suicide bombing.

“There is no coverup. We were at the scene with our experts. We recovered a lot of chemicals inside the welding workshop. It was a gas cylinder explosion,” the police commissioner advised CNN.

Human rights lawyer, Chidi Odinkalu, argued that there hasn’t been sufficient time for authorities to find out the reason for the explosion and that there was no enough laboratory facility within the state to hold out the evaluation just some hours after the blast.

“Even if they determine that it was a gas explosion, they’ve got to also rule out that the gas was weaponized for purposes of an attack,” he added. “That again, they’ve not had the time to do. They’ve not issued any statement saying that the circumstances of the gas explosion did not have any imputation of criminal enterprise. Obviously they could not have done that in the time available.”

The use of substandard cooking and welding fuel cylinders, in addition to direct publicity to flame in densely populated areas have led to earlier explosions previously.

A welding fuel cylinder is a standard sight in lots of makeshift welding shops in Nigeria as a result of its relevance to the craft.

In northwestern Ogun State, no less than seven folks had been killed in several fuel explosions that rocked town final 12 months. State officers blamed a few of the explosions on welding fuel whereas saying a ban on its use.

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