Nigerian city of Kano cancels Eid festivities
28 July 2014, 08:36
Kano - Nigeria's biggest northern city of Kano has cancelled Eid festivities marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after a deadly church bombing and a female suicide bomber's attempt to attack a university, an official said on Sunday.
"Given the critical situation we are in, the royal highness [of Kano state, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi] has suspended all festivities associated with the eminence including the Durbar and other traditional events that are held during the Eid festival," an aide to the emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, told AFP.
Five people were killed and eight injured in the attack on a Catholic church.
The attack came shortly after the end of mass, police spokesperson Frank Mba told AFP.
"We suspect an IED [improvised explosive device] that was thrown from across the road."
The suicide bomber was intercepted as she was walking towards the gate of the university, Mba said, adding that she had hidden the bomb under her "long black hijab".