Five persons believed mainly to be children have been killed in a suspected bomb blast in Malumfashi, Katsina state, in Nigeria's North West Zone.
The Katsina State Police Command, in a statement on Saturday, said it has commenced a forensic inquest into a suspected bomb blast at Yammama village in Malumfashi local government area of the state.
The police command's spokesperson, Gambo Isah, confirmed the death of five persons with six injured, saying “At about 11:30hrs, DPO Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene where there was a suspected case of a bomb explosion which killed five young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”
The police added that all eleven children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed.
“The injured children have been evacuated to Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment,” the police said.
“The scene has been preserved while detectives from EOD and CID are presently conducting their investigations ,” the police said.
The suspected bomb explosion is an unusual twist in Katsina state known to be reeling under the impact of armed banditry, which has claimed many lives.
Katsina is the home state of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. NNL