Fifteen people have been reportedly killed after a bomb detonated Monday at a gathering of Muslims Shiites, Potiskum, Yobe State, according to reports.
“We lost 15 of our members in a suicide blast at the end of our Ashura procession,” said Mustapha Lawan Nasidi, the head of the Shiite community.
He said that 50 people were also injured and claimed that several others died when troops who deployed to the scene opened fire on them. There was no immediate response from the military.
The blast targeted a procession of worshippers in the Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum city, said witness Ibrahim Maina.
The targeted worshippers were gathered outside a seminary in the Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum city after visiting the palace of the local emir, said Maina and a police officer who requested anonymity.
Shi’ites worldwide yearly marked the 10th day of the Muslim new year as the festival of Ashura, an event that defines Shi’ism and its rift with Sunni Islam. The festival is used to commemorate the slaying of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein at the battle of Kerbala in 680. AD.