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Nigerian city cancels festivities to mark end of Ramadan after two bomb attacks

Published on Jul 28, 2014 1:47 AM

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Nigeria's biggest northern city of Kano has cancelled Eid festivities marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan next week after a deadly church bombing and a female suicide bomber's attempt to attack a university, an official said Sunday.

"Given the critical situation we are in, the Royal Highness (of Kano state, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) has suspended all festivities associated with the eminence including the Durbar and other traditional events that are held during the Eid festival," an aide to the emir, Mr Aminu Ado Bayero, told AFP.

At least five people were killed and eight were injured on Sunday in the bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's north, police said.

The attack came shortly after the end of mass at the Saint Charles Catholic church, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP. "We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that was thrown from across the road" at the church in Kano's Sabon Gari district, which has suffered previous attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram, he added.

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