The governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has declared a 24 hour curfew in the state capital following serial terrorist attacks on three different locations in the city which left scores of persons dead and many others injured.
The affected areas include, Alkali road, Kawo Motor park and Tudun wada.
In one of the attacks, the bomb was said to have been concealed in a Volkswagen golf car parked beside the road.
Police spokesman, Aminu Lawal, a deputy superintendent of Police confirmed the death of 25 persons at the Alkali road incident.
It was gathered that the convoy of a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiry Bauchi, may have been the target of one of the attacks as the bomb was detonated just as he drove past the Isa Kaita Road in the direction of the popular Murtala Square.
The cleric, however, escaped unhurt, making it the second time he would be cheating death as he survived a similar attack near his house in June.
Governor Yero condemned the attack, describing it as an act of cowardice.
A statement signed by the governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki, indicated that the curfew would take immediate effect to allow security agencies restore normalcy in the metropolis.
The governor stated that the attack was a “clear manifestation of the resolve by ‘agents of darkness’ to soak the land with blood of innocent people for no just cause.”
Continuing, the governor said: “Enemies of peace have visited us with their ungodly venom of wanton destruction of human lives. This blast, coming in the Holy Month of Ramadan is a clear indication that those behind the act have no iota of fear of God as they have none for the sanctity of human life.”
Governor Yero called on the people of the state to come together as one to fight the unwarranted terrorist attacks on innocent residents.
“The time has come for us to eschew all our differences and confront these brazen attacks as united people. Those behind these attacks have no regards for whatever diversity as their victims cut across all ethnic and religious divides. It is a responsibility on all of us to unite against this common enemy,” he said.
He also called on the people to be more vigilant with happenings around them and to also avoid unnecessary crowded areas, just as he admonished them to support security agencies in bringing the terrorist acts to an end.
The scene of the attack was littered with bodies of the dead as at the time of filing this report although officials of emergency relief and security agencies were seen trying to help the injured and taking control of the area.