The devastating blast occurred as a suspected lone bomber said to be in a Honda car drove along the city.
Kaduna police said five people were killed but eyewitnesses put the number of dead victims at more than 40, made up mainly of commercial motorcyclists, black market fuel operators and passersby.
A similar attack on the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, last Christmas Day killed no fewer than 46 parishioners who had attended early mass.
As at the time of this report, the sect had not claimed responsibility for the Kaduna blast.
The Public Relations Officer of the State Emergency Management Agency, Abubakar Zakari Adamu, put the figures of those killed in the blast at 36 while 13 people were seriously injured.
Adamu said,”We have seven persons at Rakiya Memorial Hospital, out of which five died while the remaining two were transferred to 44 Army Reference Hospital
“At the Army Reference Hospital, 20 people were seriously injured. Another 10 victims were taken to St Gerald Hospital; five have died while the remaining five were seriously injured
“At Barau Dikko Hospital, we have six dead, six injured. Twenty people died on the spot while on the whole 36 are dead and 13 are seriously injured.”
The Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Mohammed Jingiri, confirmed the blast and described it as “massive.”
Jingiri said intelligence report indicated that the bomber who drove a Honda car was heading to Kakuri and Sabon Tashe area, all in the Southern part of the state when the bomb went off at the Junction /Sardauna Crescent.
Abubakar said, “Today, April 8, 2012 at about 8:45hours, intelligence report received indicated that two suspected vehicles heading towards Kakuri / Sabon Tasha axis exploded while in transit.