Jonathan Extends Condolences To Kano People, Calls Not To Despair
In a statement released by Reuben Abati, the presidential spokesperson, President Goodluck Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Kano State over the heinous attack on the Central Mosque in Kano, earlier today, November 28, 2014.
The President commiserates with all the families who lost their loved ones. He calls on relief agencies and medical personnel to deploy every possible effort to assist the injured, and the general public to heed the call for the donation of blood by the hospitals where the injured are being treated.
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According to Abati, the head of the country has further directed the security agencies to launch a full-scale investigation and to leave no stone unturned until all agents of terror undermining the right of every citizen to life and dignity, are tracked down and brought to justice.
Jonathan corroborates that terrorism in all its forms and manifestation is a despicable and unjustifiable threat to our society. He reiterates the determination of the government to continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved in acts of terrorism.
He calls on all Nigerians not to despair in this moment of great trial in our nation’s history but to remain united to confront the common enemy. The President is confident that no terrorist act against fellow citizens will destroy the Nigerian spirit to remain positive, resolute and united in the quest for lasting peace and security in the country.
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Multiple bombs went off at the Central Mosque in Kano at about 2pm, as Muslims were having their Friday prayers today.
The number of casualties is not clear yet. According to AFP report, there are indications that it was a triple bomb blast. One of the rescue officials put the casualty toll at 64 dead and 126 injured, although this has not been independently confirmed.
DCP Samuel Lemu of Nigeria Police Command in Kano State confirms 35 people dead and 150 others injured in the bomb attack on Kano Central Mosque.