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Bomb Attack on mosque at Kano in Nigeria killed many

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire on a Muslim congregation at Friday prayers.

Nov 29, 2014 18:50 IST
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Kano in Nigeria: Mosque attacked by militants

Many people were killed in a bomb attack on a mosque at Kano in Nigeria on 28 November 2014. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire on a Muslim congregation at Friday prayers in the central mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano.

A third bomb exploded outside the mosque among a crowd of worshipers. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Boko Haram is the main suspect.

The attacks come two weeks after the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, one of Nigeria's most influential monarchs, called for self-defence, urging people to procure arms and fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram‎, which has a significant presence in the area.

Earlier, in 2012 at least 185 people were killed and scores injured in coordinated bomb and shooting attacks on security formations in the city by Boko Haram gunmen.

Kano is one of the areas where Boko Haram has fought an anti-government campaign to institute Sharia, or Islamic law.

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