A 75-year-old survivor of the November 28 multiple bomb explosions in Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Isa Tiga, yesterday gave a blood chilling account of the attack that rocked the city’s Central Mosque, saying he survived by Allah’s grace.
Speaking to Sunday Sun at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Abdullahi Wase Specialist (Nassarawa) Hospital, the frail-looking man recounted that those responsible for the blasts came in a Toyota Sienna space wagon just as the Jumat prayers were about to start.
He recalled seeing three of them, adding that while two sat at the back of the vehicle, only one was seated at the front.
According to him, as soon as they arrived, they stepped out of the car like normal worshippers and looked every bit like worshippers until they began to operate.
“I was close by. I saw the three of them alight from the car. A few minutes after they walked away from the vehicle, the bombs exploded,” he said.
He recalled that confusion ensued. “As people tried to run away, the young men pulled out their guns and were shooting at those struggling to escape from the blast.” Isa Tiga suffered injuries in the confusion, stressing that his survival was a miracle.
He could not say what eventually happened to the three men.
The son of the victim, Alhaji Ali Mohammed Gwagwaso, who resides inside Municipal Area and other family members were at the entrance of the hospital ward, playing host to sympathizers. They expressed gratitude to Allah for the life of their father.
Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has commiserated with relatives of the bomb blasts victims, while praying for the repose of the dead victims’ souls.
Kwankwaso spoke after he paid a sympathy visit to the victims at the Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital, Kano.
He also visited the Kano Central Mosque, inside the old city, where the incident occurred.
The governor, who returned yesterday from a political trip to Nasarawa State confirmed that a total of 100 worshippers died in the bomb explosions, adding that from the report he received, 135 persons were injured.
The governor’s figure contradicted that of the Police, which put the figure of those killed at 35.
Kwankwaso implored the Federal Government to make peace with all Nigerians as a means of addressing the bloodletting, while appealing to striking members of the Joint Health Workers Union to return to work in view of the magnitude of the medical challenge thrown up by the bomb blast.
Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector has suspended its industrial action in Kano State because of the tragedy.
Secretary of the Joint Health Workers’ Union in the state, Kabiru Ado Minijibir told Sunday Sun that the state executive of the union held an emergency meeting last Friday, where the decision to suspend the action was reached. They had since communicated the decision to the national body, which gave its consent to the suspension of the industrial action.[Sun]