From Ali Usman, Kano
No fewer than 21 members of Shia movement in Nigeria dies on Friday when a Boko Haram Suicide bomber donated a bomb among the sect members at Dakasoye village near Kano as they proceed from Kano to Zaria in a procession.
The Shia movement in Nigeria is led by Supreme Leader Sheik El Zakky Zakky.
Kano commander of Shia movement in Nigeria, Muhammad Mahmud Turi, told reporters that the incident occured at about 2.00pm shortly after a suicide bomber was caught by its vigilante group in the procession who confirmed that another bomber was in the midst of the procession.
Turi explained that the loose suicide bomber detonated his bomb at the point of being captured alive by the search team. However, Turi said that the tragic incident would not deterred the group from carry on with the journey to Zaria, adding that “you don’t display cowardice or cowed by death threat when carrying out religious obligations.”
“Today Friday, 21 members have been elevated to martyrdom and they would be accepted by Allah to the bliss of Janatul Firdausi,” he stated
Turi revealed that the captured suicide bomber said that he was from Mubi and was abducted by the Boko Haram sect and taken to Sambisa forest where he was exposed to suicide bombing training.
The religious leader said that the suicide bomber further revealed that he was ferried to Kano alongside other and quartered at Gwamaja area of Kano metropolis before they were deployed to the carryout the heinous act.
But, the Kano police Commissioner, Muhammad Musa Katsina, who stormed the scene with his men had a running battle with the Shia members who bluntly refused to hands off the suspected bomber.
The sect through one of their local leaders told the commissioner that they would only release the captured suicide bomber if their supreme leader El Zakky Zakky directed them to do so.
A local journalist who was at the scene of the blast, Ali Kakaki, said women, children and a number of youngsters were affected by the blast.
From Ali Usman, Kano