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One dead, many children injured as explosion rocks Kaduna community

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Authorities in Kaduna State have confirmed that at least one person has been killed in an explosion that rocked the state on Saturday.

It was also gathered that at least 10 children who had been playing with materials they didn’t know were explosives suffered injuries at the Kidandan community, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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The Kaduna State Government has received reports from security agencies of an explosion in Kidandan area of Giwa LGA, said a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the overseeing commissioner, ministry of internal security and home affairs, Kaduna State

“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.

As of the time of this update, one pupil, Zaidu Usman, has been confirmed dead, while about ten injured victims are receiving medical attention at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.

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 a 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 has 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.

Aruwan promised that further updates will be duly communicated by the Kaduna State Government.

The explosion is coming only four days after the one in Bodija Ibadan for which Malian miners have been blamed. At least five people have been confirmed dead in the Ibadan explosion while more than 70 are still in critical condition. Many residents also suffered varying degrees of damage to their properties in the area.