In July 2014 there was a bomb blast in the Kawo area of Kaduna state which claimed the lives of not less than 82 persons, leaving many more seriously injured.
There were claims at the time that the blast was an assassination attempt on the lives of now President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, who was the running mate to Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state and Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, Vanguard reports.
The explosion was set off by a bomber who intercepted the president’s convoy and then detonated a bomb, destroying three cars on the spot.
Concerning the incident, the president said: “I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today at about 2:30 pm on my way to Daura.
“The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast-moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car but was blocked by an escort vehicle.
“We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly detonated the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy.
“Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle, I saw many dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder.”
“Thank God for His mercy, I came out unhurt, but with three of my security staff sustaining minor injuries. They have since been treated in hospital and discharged.”
The blast which was supposedly targeted at the president was the second such incident in the state. The first was allegedly targeted at an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi who also escaped the attack.
The Nigerian military, on Friday, July 25, 2014, arrested a suspect who was accused of disguising as a woman to carry out the attack.
The defence headquarters, in a statement, said that the suspect was being cross-questioned by security agencies in order to determined if he is linked in any way to the development.