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Nigeria: Explosion near school in northwestern Kano State kills four

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Kano’s Police Commissioner, Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko instructed CNN that the explosion went off close to a college within the Sabon Gari space of Kano.

“It was a fuel explosion. There was a welder across the space and his fuel cylinder exploded simply very near a personal faculty… we’ve recovered 4 casualties, together with the welder and a feminine. No little one was affected,” Dikko instructed CNN from the scene of the blast.

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The native police chief stated an unknown variety of folks have been injured however didn’t develop additional on the circumstances that led to the explosion.

Kano’s Info Commissioner, Mohammed Garba, additionally instructed CNN that no infrastructure of the youngsters’s faculty was hit by the blast.

“The explosion occurred round a store the place animal feeds are being offered. The explosion web site is reverse a nursery and first faculty…. no constructing of the college was affected.”

Unconfirmed movies of the blast circulating Tuesday on social media present some schoolchildren in bloodied uniforms being taken away from the scene of an explosion.

Garba added that the realm had been cordoned off and firefighters have been intensifying efforts to include the flames within the aftermath of the blast.

Rescue teams search for survivors of a gas blast in Nigeria's Kano State on May 17, 2022.

Using substandard cooking and welding fuel cylinders, in addition to direct publicity to flame in densely populated areas have led to earlier explosions up to now.

A welding fuel cylinder is a typical sight in lots of makeshift welding shops in Nigeria on account of its relevance to the craft.

In northwestern Ogun State, at the very least seven folks were killed in different gas explosions that rocked the town final yr. State officers blamed a number of the explosions on welding fuel whereas saying a ban on its use.