Dahod youth among 170 killed in Nigeria attacks

A youth from Devgadh Baria taluka in Dahod district was among the over 170 killed in serial bomb blasts in northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: January 23, 2012 5:02:22 am

A youth from Devgadh Baria taluka in Dahod district was among the over 170 killed in serial bomb blasts in northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday.

The youth,identified as Kevalkumar Kalidas Rajput,23,had immigrated to this west African country in March 2011.

He was working as driver with a Kano-based chemical company,Devgadh Baria MLA Tusharsinh Maharaul told The Indian Express on Sunday.

Rajput and his two co-workers,Hari Prasad Bhusal and Raj Singh,both Nepalese,were driving home in a car from office when bombs went off late on Friday. The Nepalese nationals were also killed.

Sources close to the family said the Rajputs in Devgadh Baria received the message on Saturday evening that Kevalkumar was injured in the blasts. However,on Sunday morning,they received confirmation from the Indian High Commissioner that he was killed.

The MLA further said efforts were on to fly Rajput’s body back to India.

“I have talked to the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria,Suresh Makhijani,and resident commissioner of Gujarat in New Delhi,Bhrarat Lal. Both have offered full cooperation,” Maharaul said.

“However,curfew is still in force in Kano,and due to this,the High Commissioner has told us that they will begin formalities of sending the body to India on Monday,” he added.

Rajput’s father works with a private firm in Devgadh Baria. Kevalkumar was the youngest among five siblings — three sisters and two brothers. He had immigrated to Nigeria in search of job last year.

Besides Rajput,six other Indians were also injured in the blasts in Kano,Nigeria’s second biggest city with population of 90 lakh. According to reports,the terrorists targeted police stations and headquarters of State Security Service (SSS) and then opened fire.

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Horam has claimed responsibility for the blasts. The group is fighting to impose Sharia law in the country and make Nigeria an Islamist nation.

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