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Football: Pillars toppled despite Champions League win

Nigerian club Kano Pillars made an unexpectedly early exit from the CAF Champions League this weekend despite a 2-1 win over Democratic Republic of Congo visitors Vita. The Kinshasa club, who won the competition 41 years ago, advanced 4-3 on aggregate having built a two-goal first-leg advantage last Sunday. When the 2014 draw for the premier African club competition was made, the Vita-Kano clash stood out as the highlight of the preliminary qualifying round.

Gunmen kill three in Nigeria mosque attack

The father of a state governor who defected from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling party escaped unhurt after gunmen attacked a mosque in his village, police said on Wednesday. Musa Saleh Kwankwaso, whose son is Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, was at the place of worship in Kwankwaso village when the attack happened at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) on Tuesday. Three worshippers were killed and 12 others were injured, said Kano state police spokesman Magaji Musa Majia.

Nigeria gunmen kidnap Lebanese national in Kano city

Gunmen kidnapped a Lebanese factory owner in Nigeria's second city of Kano on Monday in an attack that left two employees wounded by gunfire, police and witnesses said. Kano, the largest city in the mainly Muslim north, has been attacked repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists but it was not clear if the insurgent group was behind the latest violence. "I can confirm the kidnap of a Lebanese national by unknown gunmen from his factory in Sharada area this morning," Kano state police spokesman Magaji Majia told AFP.

Nigeria sharia police smash 240,000 bottles of beer

Police enforcing Islamic law in Nigeria's city of Kano publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer on Wednesday, the latest move in a wider crackdown on behaviour deemed "immoral" in the area. The banned booze had been confiscated from trucks coming into the city in recent weeks, said officials from the Hisbah, the patrol tasked with enforcing the strict Islamic law, known as sharia. Kano's Hisbah chief Aminu Daurawa said at the bottle-breaking ceremony he had "the ardent hope this will bring an end to the consumption of such prohibited substances".

Football: Coach of Nigerian champions quits, claims forced out

Mohammed Babaganaru announced his resignation as coach of Nigerian champions Kano Pillars on Friday, claiming that he was forced out, despite steering the club to back-to-back league titles. "I have resigned as coach of Kano Pillars and have tendered my resignation letter to the general manager of the club today," said Babaganaru, who guided Pillars to retain their league championship in October.

Islamic police in Nigeria's Kano launch immorality crackdown

Police who enforce Islamic law in Nigeria's northern city of Kano have arrested 150 people in the last week, including for indecent dress, as part of a crackdown on immorality, a spokesman said Tuesday. Some people in Nigeria's second city have been picked up for sporting hair styles inspired by prominent international football players, said Mohammed Yusuf Yola, spokesman for Kano's sharia police, or Hisbah.

Death toll from bombings in Nigeria's Kano doubles to 24

The death toll from a series of bombings in a mainly Christian area of the northern Nigerian city of Kano has doubled to 24, a hospital spokesman said on Tuesday. "We have at the moment 24 dead bodies in our morgue and three patients in our emergency ward from the explosions in Sabon Gari last night," said Aminu Inuwa, spokesman for the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria. "The dead had shrapnel wounds on them." abu-mjs/jmm

Death toll from blasts in Nigeria's Kano rises to 12

The death toll from a series of bomb blasts that rocked a mainly Christian area of northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano has risen to 12, the military said on Tuesday. "Twelve persons were confirmed to have died ... while a couple of others who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to hospital for medical attention," a military statement said of Monday night's explosions. abu-mjs/hmn

Bombs kill 15 in Nigeria's Kano: police source

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Multiple bomb blasts in Nigeria's biggest northern city of Kano killed 15 people on Monday, a senior policeman said, in an area previously targeted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Several witnesses said they saw dead bodies after hearing multiple blasts at around 9:30 p.m. (1630 EDT) in the Sabon Gari district, a predominantly Christian area dominated by ethnic Igbos from the southeast. "In all bomb attacks 15 were killed," the policeman in Kano told Reuters, asking not to be named.

Six killed in series of blasts in Nigeria's Kano city

A series of explosions that rocked Nigeria's second city of Kano on Monday killed six people and injured six others, the area police chief told AFP. "We have had some explosions in Sabon Gari this evening," Kano state Police Commissioner Musa Daura said, referring to the neighbourhood previously targetted by Boko Haram Islamists. "I can confirm six dead and six others injured." abu-bs/jj
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