The Kaduna State Government has confirmed that one person has been killed by an explosion that rocked Kidandan community, Giwa LGA of the state on Sunday.
Daily Trust reports that 10 children were injured following the explosion suspected to be from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
According to preliminary reports from the traditional institution and security agencies, one of the pupils learning under a local cleric picked up an object from the bush, which later exploded amidst his fellow pupils.
Meanwhile, a statement by Hon. Samuel Aruwan, the Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs said, “As of the time of this update, one pupil, Zaidu Usman, has been confirmed dead, while about 10 injured victims are receiving medical attention at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.”
He said the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, received the report with shock and sadness, and sent commiserations to the victims and their families, praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased and quick recovery for the wounded.
The governor also appealed to parents and community leaders to increase their vigilance on the activities of their children and wards, given their susceptibility to various dangers.
The governor directed the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs to liaise with security agencies for an urgent investigation into the cause of the explosion, to ensure the safety of residents, mobilize emergency support and ensure prompt medical attention to victims.
Daily Trust gathered from a community leader who preferred anonymity that 24 hours after the unfortunate incident, there was no visitation from the state government officials to the community.