Explosion at Mosque in Kano State Injures 24 Worshippers, Including Children

ABUJA, Nigeria – A man attacked a mosque in Kano state, northern Nigeria, injuring at least 24 worshippers, including four children, during early morning prayers on Wednesday. The suspect, a 38-year-old resident of Gadan village in Kano, admitted to carrying out the attack out of hostility stemming from a family dispute, according to police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna.

The incident, which led to an explosion at the mosque, caused panic in Kano, a state known for periodic religion-related unrest. Although preliminary forensic analysis indicated a gasoline explosion, a comprehensive investigation is ongoing. The police have secured the scene and transported the injured to a hospital in the state’s capital.

Reports from the Daily Trust newspaper highlighted the chaos within the mosque as worshippers were locked inside during the attack, hampering their ability to escape. The suspect allegedly targeted individuals involved in the family dispute, aiming to draw attention to his grievances over the inheritance distribution.

The violent altercation underscores the challenges of resolving family disputes in a region where religious tensions often escalate into acts of aggression. The attack serves as a stark reminder of the need for conflict resolution mechanisms to address grievances effectively and prevent violent outbursts in communities.

Community leaders and authorities in Kano must work together to address the root causes of such conflicts and promote peaceful coexistence among residents. By fostering dialogue and understanding, they can mitigate the risk of further violence and ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals in the region.