At least 20 people have been killed by a series of bombings targeting buses in a predominately Christian neighborhood of Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. The official death toll is expected to rise as security officials continue to examine the scene of Monday’s attack.
Officials suspect the series of explosions were likely initiated by suicide bombers, but investigators are still collecting evidence to confirm that theory. Because the attacks took place in a predominately Christian area of Kano, most officials suspect Christians were the target of the attack.
According to initial reports by the African Free Press, two suicide bombers rammed a car laden with explosives into a bus parked at the New Road station in Sabon Gari, a predominately Christian neighborhood of Kano. A series of explosions followed the initial blast as bystanders fled the scene.
Speaking to the AFP on condition of anonymity, a rescue official said, “I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of the blasts.”
According to the Mali and Guardian, senior security officials say the death toll is likely to rise in the wake of the attack, estimating the death toll to be “massive” and describing 20 as an “understatement.” Officials still haven’t given a precise death toll.