At least seven people were killed by a bomb blast, which occurred on Saturday, in Malumfashi local government area of katsina state. At about 10am, residents of Yarmama village, just six kilometres to Malumfashi town ship, were devastated when a bomb exploded. It was reported that the bomb was planted in near a tree in …
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At least seven people were killed by a bomb blast, which occurred on Saturday, in Malumfashi local government area of katsina state.
At about 10am, residents of Yarmama village, just six kilometres to Malumfashi town ship, were devastated when a bomb exploded.
It was reported that the bomb was planted in near a tree in a farm belonging to Alhaji Husaini Maikwai, a very wealthy and influential farmer in the local government area.
Mas`ud Lawal, who witnessed the blast, told HumAngle that “the farmland is on the outskirts of our local government and we witnessed the incident on our way to Funtua local government.
“Suddenly, we heard a very terrible sound followed by heavy explosion in the farm. We couldn’t go near the place and after some minutes, the children were discovered.
“Six children were killed beyond recognition while the remaining five children were taken to Malumfashi general hospital,” he said.
Another eyewitness, Lawal Dayi said, “I was in my farm when we heard the explosion. We ran for our dear lives but later found out the explosion rocked Maikwai`s farm.
“The police arrived and discovered the dead bodies,” Dayi said.
A health professional in Malumfashi local government area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told HumAngle that “as the remaining victims arrived, we found out that they might also die because they sustained serious injuries.”
Residents told HumAngle that Alhaji Hasssan Maikwai usually comes to his farm every Saturday and Sunday, supervising his children and other laborers employed temporarily who work on his farms.
HumAngle learned from multiple sources that there is no specific information on the discovery of the bomb.
However, some witnesses said that the children sighted the object and reported to one of the elderly persons working with in the farm.
“The children might have attempted to dig out the bomb before the man could come near the farm,” Abubakar Babangida added.
No group has claimed responsibility, yet for the attack.
HumAngle recalls that Katsina state have been experiencing frequent terrorist attacks.
There have been recent killings in Batsari and Fakari local government areas that left several people killed and an undisclosed number sustained injuries.
The conflict has also left thousands internally displaced in different parts of the state.