13 high caliber explosives detonated by anti-bomb squad

TRIBUNE -A major disaster was averted on Friday in Kano as 13 high-calibre Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) targeted at Juma’at worshippers were discovered near a mosque by the state police command.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adenrele Shinaba, displayed the devices to newsmen in the state capital on Friday.

He said the explosives were discovered at about 1.30 p.m. in a rickety car parked near a mosque at Sauna-Fafunga in Dakata area of Kano metropolis.

“When we got the information, we quickly moved in to the place and in the course of screening the vehicle, our anti-bomb squad discovered the explosives. The explosives were primed to explode when the Juma’at prayer is going on and they can destroy a whole neighbourhood because they are of high calibre,” he said.

Shinaba said the police had to detonate one of them but the Anti-bomb Squad advised that they should be removed from the area.

“While we detonated one of the explosives, it shook all the buildings around the area and even left cracks in one of the buildings in the vicinity.

“The cylinders discovered are of high calibre as they can ruin and destroy a whole village,” he said.

Shinaba commended the people of Kano for the timely information they gave to the police which saved the situation.

He also urged the people to continue to give security agencies useful information to enable them carry out their duties effectively.