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Suicide bombers target Christian neighbourhood in Nigeria; at least 41 dead

Country/Region: Nigeria, Africa

At least 41 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in Kano, Northern Nigeria.

Kano has been the site of previous Boko Haram attacks
Kano has been the site of previous Boko Haram attacks
Jonathan Riddell / CC BY-SA 3.0

Two suicide bombers rammed a car packed with explosives into the station in Sabon Gari at around 5pm on Monday (18 March). It set off a series of explosions, and the blast engulfed five buses, leaving a trail of carnage.

The initial death toll was given by police as 22, but a rescue official later said that 20 bodies had been taken to one hospital and 21 to another. It may rise further, as around 65 people were wounded in the attack.

Sabon Gari is a Christian enclave in a predominantly Muslim commercial centre. It is home to many Christians from the South, and the bus station is primarily used by passengers heading in that direction.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bears the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been waging a violent campaign against Christians and other targets in Northern Nigeria.

The Christian Association of Nigeria said on Tuesday (19 March) that recent attacks “were a signpost of the intended extermination of Christians and Christianity from northern Nigeria”.     

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