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I set Kano mosque ablaze over inheritance dispute- Suspect

By Abubakar Zaharadden Kano.

As medical experts battle to rescue victims of the Kano mosque inferno, the attacker, Shafi’u Abubakar, has disclosed that the act was carried out to get back at those withholding his father’s property in the state.

Abubakar added that the feud over how the inherited property would be shared had been ongoing without those in possession of the property ready to yield despite his appeal.

The 38-year-old- man, who was arrested after the attack, has been detained at the Kano Police headquarters for further interrogation and prosecution in accordance with the law.

He was arrested after the early morning mosque explosion in Gadan village in Gezawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, told newsmen on Wednesday that this was the narration that the suspect indicated in his statement made to the police after his arrest.

He said that the suspect had confessed to attacking the mosque because of a long-standing family dispute over inheritance sharing.

The police boss narrated that at about 5:20 a.m. the police received a report of an explosion at a mosque in Gadan Village during the dawn prayer, leaving several people injured.

According to him, promptly, a team of security personnel, including experts in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chemical Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN), were deployed to the scene.

Following the act, no fewer than 24 worshippers including 20 males and four children have been on admission at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano after they sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack.

The CP said that preliminary forensic analysis indicated that the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb and a detailed investigation was ongoing

He said the police were continuing with investigations and would release further details soon.

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