A female suicide bomber, aged 14 yesterday at the Kano State Polytechnic killed three persons, while seven others were injured, when the bomb she concealed in her hijab exploded and consumed her.
It was gathered that the teenage suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of the graduands, who were checking the result of the NYSC deployment list placed outside the School premises, precisely at the bus stop, close to the gate of the Polytechnic.
Sources said that the incident happened at about 3:30 pm when the batch A NYSC graduands had converged in large number at the school bus stop to check their deployment area of assignment .
However, eyewitness account at the scene of the incident told this reporter that 12 persons were killed, while 15 others were injured.
The Kano State Police Commissioner, Aderenle Shinaba confirmed the death of three persons, while seven others were injured in the suicide bomb attack that rocked the State Polytechnic.
” We are in very difficult times, a situation that is assuming a new dimension of suicide bombing in the state. This one that happened here at the Administrative block of Kano State Polytechnic on Bayero University Kano road is frightening.
” The incident occurred at about 3:30 pm as this situation calls for vigilance on the part of every one of us because we have tried as much as possible for the deployment of police officers in every strategic location.
” So at this critical times, what is required is intelligence and vigilance on the part of everybody, even when we have policemen everywhere, we require information as well as vigilance of everyone of us.
”A situation where somebody is carrying explosives, what business does such person has where graduates assembled to check their results of the Batch A NYSC deployment.
”It is disheartening to note that when you see somebody around, who is looking like a Primary or Secondary School student to disguise with her hijab in our midst without anybody taking note. We have been telling people about the issue of female teenage suicide bombers, which calls for the attention of the law enforcement agencies to be on alert.
”Look, for hijab wearing female suicide bombers , sentiments and religion should not be the issue but we should face the reality of tackling it headlong, so as to avoid future occurrence.”