UPDATE: Boko Haram reveals who was behind Black Friday bombing

By Sanni Muhammed November 27, 2015 16:54

UPDATE: Boko Haram reveals who was behind Black Friday bombing

Boko Haram on Saturday, November 28, claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shi’ite Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano that killed 22 people.

The insurgents stated in a statement in Arabic via social media that its bomber “detonated his explosives which led to the death” of the victims on Friday, November 27, 2015.

“And by the permission of Allah these attacks of ours against Shi’a polytheists will continue until we cleanse the earth of their filth,” it warned.

At least 21 people were initially reported killed, but the toll rose after one more person was confirmed dead.

This is the second consecutive attack in Kano city in recent times  with a similar attack killing 15 and injuring more than 30 recorded at the popular GSM market in the Kano metropolis on Wednesday, November 18.

With this onslaught, the insurgent attacks seem to be spreading its tentacles across the north east states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The Kano attack seems to be a slap on the face of the military who have consistently claim to have severely weakened Boko Haram, and destroy their strongholds

See: Explosion rips through Kano again

“For now, we have 22 deaths following the death of one more person yesterday. Thirty-eight people have also been injured, two of whom have been discharged from the hospital,” one of the organisers of the march Ali Kakaki told AFP on Saturday.

“Following the attack, many more of our members have joined the procession,” Kakaki said, adding that they aimed to arrive at their destination next week.

The Boko Haram group has increasingly used suicide bombers against “soft” civilian targets since the start of a military offensive earlier this year that pushed them out of territory they controlled.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given military commanders December 31, 2015 deadline to end the conflict, but there are fears that suicide and bomb attacks may persist.

See: Suicide bombers strike again