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Bomb blast hits mosque in north Nigeria; casualties feared, numbers not immediately known

  • People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)

    People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A injured man is wheeled into hospital, following an explosion at a Mosque, in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)

    A injured man is wheeled into hospital, following an explosion at a Mosque, in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)

    People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, Friday Nov. 28, 2014. An explosion tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, and officials feared the casualty toll would be high. Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon in a region terrorized by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)  (The Associated Press)

A military official in Nigeria says scores of people are feared to have been killed and wounded in a bomb blast at a mosque.

Capt. Ikechukwu Eze said the Friday blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon from the chief imam of Kano.

Witnesses say heavy smoke could be seen billowing in the sky from a long distance away.

Rescue operations are underway at the bomb site, with the injured and dead being taken away from the scene.