On this day in 2014, Gunmen suspected to be members of the bokko harram insurgents, set off three bombs at the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killing at least 120 people and injuring over 260 others.
The mosque that was attacked is next to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria’s second most senior Muslim cleric, who had urged civilians to protect themselves by arming up against Boko Haram.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire on those who were trying to escape
President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attacks and ordered the national security services “to launch a full-scale investigation and to leave no stone unturned until all agents of terror undermining the right of every citizen to life and dignity are tracked down and brought to justice”.
In a few days thereafter, in December 2014, the leader of the NigerianBoko Haram group,Abubakar Shekau, accused the emir of Kano,Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, of deviating from Islam and threatened to kill him.
Internal insurgency has been Nigeria’s biggest security challenge since 2009, resulting in the death of over 3000 people.