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People inspect the site of a bomb explosion at the central mosque, in Kano, Nigeria, Saturday Nov. 29, 2014. More than 102 people were killed in the bomb explosions at the central mosque in Kano, said a hospital worker. A mortuary attendant at the Murtala specialist hospital Kano, Malam Isa Labaran, on Saturday told Associated Press that he counted over 102 dead bodies deposited inside the mortuary on Friday after the multiple explosions at the mosque.
Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the main mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano, killing dozens of people, witnesses and officials said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants. Blasts from the coordinated assault rang out as scores of people packed into the ancient building's courtyard for afternoon prayers. "These people have bombed the mosque. I am face to face with people screaming," said local reporter Chijjani Usman. The mosque is next to the palace of the emir of Kano, the second highest Islamic authority in Africa's most populous country and a vocal critic of Boko Haram. The emir, former central bank governor Lamido Sanusi, was not present. (Reuters)
Meanwhile, a police anti-bomb squad defused six bombs planted near a mosque and a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, according to Borno state police spokesman Gideon Jubrin. Fears are running high in Maiduguri, a major commercial center and historic city of more than 1 million people, after two female suicide bombers detonated explosives on Tuesday at a commercial center. At least 70 people were killed.