Police in the northern Nigeria city of Kano foiled what would have looked like a replay of January 20, 2012, when working on a tip off by a 10-year old boy saved hundreds of lives in Kano on Friday.
A rickety Toyota car primed with 13 high caliber Improvised Explosive Devices, (IEDs) was discovered by the police near a Juma’at Mosque.
This is coming just five days when a suicide bomber blasted School of Hygiene, killing eight people and wounding 20.
Hhundreds of Muslim worshipper and residents of Sauna Fafunga in Dakata area of Nasarawa Local Government Area, were the target of the terrorists.
The IEDs which was primed to blow off at about 2 P.M. , just after Juma’at prayers.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that the 10-year old boy had notified the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Dakata, Superintendent Sani Ahmed that he suspected a rickety car parked by the side of the Mosque.
“The DPO immediately contacted the Bompai police headquarters for prompt response by the Anti-bomb squad which came on time to save the situation,” a security source said.
Mr. Adenrele Shinaba, the state Commissioner of Police, described the bombs as high profile, adding that it has the capacity to shake the foundation of Kano.
In his words while briefing journalists, “today, being Friday, at a place called Sauna Fafunga in Dakata area; we got information that we should come and see a vehicle that was parked within the vicinity of a Juma’at Mosque. Our anti-bomb team responded promptly. On searching the vehicle, we discovered high caliber IEDs, about 13 in number which can rein a whole village.
“We asked people to leave the area and when we detonated one of them, it shook the majority of the buildings around the area; and in fact, one of the buildings had a big crack as a result of that. The IEDs had the capacity to pull down all the structures around that area. We also discovered ammunitions; and their intention was to stay around and shoot people who could escape the explosion.
“I am an advocate of community policing; and I appreciate the support we have been receiving from members of the public. We appreciate the people of Kano and we urge them to continue to support us with useful information. We promise never to disclose the identity of anyone who bring information to us and we also urge residents to remain security conscious at all times,” he advised.