No fewer than 20 persons were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up among crowds of members of the Islamic movement under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
The Islamic movement members were observing this year’s Arba’een symbolic trek from Kano to Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Kaduna State.
According to the Media Team Leader of the 2015 Arba’een symbolic trek, Ibrahim Usman, the incident occurred at Dakasoye village area of Garun Mallam Local Government Area of Kano State around 2:30pm. Usman said over 20 were killed, with several others injured.
Usman explained that the ugly incident occurred shortly after a middle aged man was caught with an Improvised Explosive Device.
Usman said members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were on this year’s Arba’een symbolic trek from kano about 170km to Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Kaduna State to commemorate the 40th day of Ashura, as a mark of mourning for the killing of Imam Husain, grandson of the Prophet of Islam by the army of Yazid, son of Mu’awiyyah in 61 AH.
He said the trekkers will finally converge at Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah in Zaria on December 3 for the grand Arba’een lecture by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
This will coincide with the world’s most populous gathering at the tomb of Imam Husain (AS) in Karbala, Iraq, in which over 40 million pilgrims participated last year.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Amir of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Muhammad Mahmud Turi, has ordered the continuation of the procession, saying that no amount of threat would deter them.
It could be recalled that in July of 2014, 33 members of the Zakzaky Islamic movement, including three of his sons, were allegedly shot dead by soldiers during a Qudus Day peaceful procession.
The Islamic Movement is renowned for its peace motives, including protecting churches in Nigeria.