Photo from the scene of blast at the Kano School of Hygiene
At least eight persons lost their lives on Monday, June 23, in an explosion that took place at the Kano School of Hygiene along Sabuwar Kofa in Kano State.
According to the Commissioner of Police in Kano state, Adenrele Shinaba, who confirmed the number of casualties, the blast occurred at about 2:05pm at the School of Hygiene which is located along Bayero University Kano (BUK) road in Kano, and has suffered similar attacks in the past.
Addressing reporters at the scene of the blast, Mr. Shinaba also said about 20 others were injured and have been taken to the hospitals for treatment, while lifeless bodies of the affected students have been deposited at the morgue.
During the explosion, 8 vehicles parked withing the premises of the owned tertiary institution were damaged.
The Commissioner disclosed that a suspect was arrested in connection with the blast at the scene as he ruled out car bombing of this latest attack.
"Every lead seems to point at suicide bombing, unlike our previous experience none of the vehicles parked inside this school caught fire and there is no hole around to suggest a car bombing but all leads are still open for investigation," Mr. Shinaba said.
Reportedly, the school is adjacent to the private residence of Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar.
Naij.com reader Adamu Abdullahi Adamu witnessed the deadly incident as he was in the area to collect his OMR from WAEC official when the bomb went off.The first thing he did was call his significant other, Zainab, to ensure she was okay.
There are many casuallities, our reader says and adds that most of them are female students some of whom were there for admission exercise. Parts of human bodies lay scattered around, he reports, expressing his shock over the incident and doubting sanity of the perpetrator.
Many parents whose children could have been near the school, he says, are panicking as the police commissioner and secruty agencies are evacuting the victims.