Friday 14 November 2014

Suicide bomber hits Kano; ...6 killed, 5 injured

A suspected suicide bomber struck at a filling station in Kano late Friday killing at least six people, police said.

The attack occurred at Magasiku Filling Station, opposite the NNPC mega filling station in the Hotoro area of Kano.

The station is along Maiduguri Road.

The Kano State police commissioner, Adenrele Shinaba, told Premium Times the attacker detonated a bomb so powerful it left a deep crater on the station’s concrete floor.

He said the bomber arrived in a Toyota Sienna van and queued alongside other customers, pretending as though buying fuel, before detonating the apparently bomb-laden vehicle.

Six people were confirmed dead, and five others injured, the police said.

The dead include the manager of the station, a pump attendant, and three policemen.

Security operatives have secured the scene of the attack, the police said.

Kano State has witnessed a series of attacks from suspected Boko Haram militants.

In September, armed men stormed a federal college in Kano, detonated bombs as students attended lectures, and shot at those who fled. At least 10 people were killed.

Credit: Muhammad Ahmad/PremiumTimes

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