A witness said the explosion is believed to have been targeted at the convoy a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who was on his way to the Square.
Witness, Hassan Mohammed said the bomb was concealed in a red Volkswagen golf car parked by the road side, was detonated as the cleric’s convoy drove past. The sheikh escaped unhurt, the witness said.
“As I speak to you now, I can see many bodies on the ground,” Mr. Mohammed said.
But the witness said security and emergency officials have arrived at the scene evacuating the victims of the blast.
The blast is the second targeting Mr. Bauchi in Kaduna State. In June, an explosion occurred near his house injuring one person. The Sheikh is a known critic of the extremist Boko Haram sect. It is however not clear whether the group is responsible for the attack.
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