Suspected militants of the extremist group, Boko haram driving a “smashed SUV and motorbikes” threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Nigeria, Ado Bayero, and then shot at his official vehicle, killing his driver and three of his bodyguards, according to military sources.
The attack took place near the Hockey Field on Kano’s Zoo Road while the Emir was returning from the launching of an Islamic school located at Mussalaci Murtala.
The Emir who survived the attack and was not hurt, has since been moved to an undisclosed location.
Bayero was reportedly shielded by his driver and orderly both of whom formed a protective wall around him and were killed.
“His driver, called Barde, and orderly were killed instantly, and his first son, the Ciroman Kano is badly injured from bullet wounds”, according to the source.
A lady whose house is not far from the scene of the attack said that a number of the emirs’ palace guards were also killed in the attack. An estimated 10 people were feared dead from the attack.
“One of them even tried to take refuge in our house but could not succeed because the young men sitting in front of the building locked the doors after they heard the gunshots,” she said.
Some residents in the area said Nigerian troops of the Joint Task Force later cordoned off the scene of the attack while firing shots.
The JTF spokesperson in Kano, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said he was still trying to get the full details of the attack.