4 dead in north Nigeria suicide attack

2014-05-19 09:11
The new calculations showed that the economy grew $453bn in 2012 and expects a jump to $509bn for 2013. (Shutterstock)

The new calculations showed that the economy grew $453bn in 2012 and expects a jump to $509bn for 2013. (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Kano - Four people were killed, including a young girl, in a suicide car bomb attack in the north Nigerian city of Kano on Sunday, the city's police commissioner said.

"At about 22:00, we heard an explosion and immediately mobilised to the scene where we discovered a suicide bomber... five people, including the bomber, were killed," said Adelere Shinaba.

The victims were "three men and a girl of about 12", he told reporters at the scene of the blast in Sabon Giri, a predominantly Christian district of the city.

But he added that it was too early to say who was responsible.

An AFP reporter said the charred and mangled remains of five cars could be seen outside one of the many bars and eateries on the now deserted street, which was dimly lit because of power cuts.

A sixth car, a Volkswagen Golf said by police to have been used by the bomber, was ripped into three pieces, with its engine resting on the roadside.

Windows on the two-storey buildings lining the street were smashed and armed police and soldiers stood guard.

Security

The blast, which happened when the area was crowded with revellers as well as street hawkers and traders, could be heard several kilometres away, locals said.

Witnesses had earlier claimed that a car was left in the Middle Road area of the neighbourhood and its driver left on a motorbike. The blast happened soon afterwards.

Kano is Nigeria's second-most populous city and a commercial centre for the whole of the Muslim-majority north.

Local government elections were held in Kano on Saturday, at which the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) routed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of President Goodluck Jonathan, winning all 44 seats.

The PDP alleged irregularities and said it would challenge the result, local newspapers said.

Security had been tight in the city after violence marred the previous local elections in 2007.

Links were made on social networking sites to the vote but the explosion also came a day after Nigeria and its neighbours announced a regional response to the threat by Boko Haram.

Heavy violence

The Islamist militant group has been holding 223 of 276 girls it kidnapped from a school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Borno state, on 14 April, which has led to an international response to find them.

Cameroon's President Paul Biya said at a meeting of regional leaders in Paris on Saturday that they had gathered to "declare war" on the extremists, whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed thousands of lives.

Boko Haram has been blamed for attacks across the border in Cameroon and on the eve of the French summit, 10 Chinese construction workers were kidnapped during a raid on their camp in the north of the country.

Sabon Giri has also been attacked before. At least four strong explosions rocked the area on 29 July last year, killing 12. Outdoor bars appeared to be the target.

Nigeria's military at the time blamed the attack on suspected Boko Haram members.

The attacks shattered a lull in insurgent attacks in the city, which has previously seen heavy violence blamed on the militants.
Read more on:    boko haram  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

3 must-do trail runs

If you love trail running, you have to put these on your bucket list.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Watch: Insane road bike skills!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.