A triple bomb attack took place on Friday at a mosque in Nigeria during the weekly prayer. At least 270 people are injured according to a first report.
Three bombs exploded Friday in the grounds of the Great Mosque of Kano, Nigeria, during the weekly prayer. This is the mosque of one of the most important Islamic leaders of Nigeria, the Emir of Kano. At least 120 people died and 270 others were injured.
According to witnesses on the spot, two bombs exploded one after the other in the grounds of the Grand Mosque, and a third bomb exploded a little further. The Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was apparently inside the mosque at the time of the triple attack.
This is the Great Mosque of Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, the emir had called last week the population of the north to take up arms against the Islamist group Boko Haram, questioning the ability of the army to defend civilians against the insurgents.
The Emir of Kano is a very influential figure in Nigeria, which has more than 80 million Muslims (the majority living in the North), out of some 170 million people in the country.