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Multiple bombs rock Kano• SSS, police headquarters, other stations attacked

The ancient city of Kano yesterday came under heavy attack, as persons suspected
to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect launched a simultaneous
offensive, killing an unspecified number of persons, including police officers.
Several others were injured.

The multiple bomb blasts, which rocked the
state capital after the Friday Jumat prayers, occurred for several hours and
spread through several areas in the state capital, resulting in
pandemonium.
Saturday Sun gathered that the office of the Assistant Inspector
General of Police, Zone 1 was first attacked, when a suicide bomber rammed a
vehicle into the office complex.

In the attack, about two low-ranking
police officers, whose identity could not be established and a civilian were
killed.  The tailoring section of the police zonal office was affected in the
blast.
An eyewitness told Saturday Sun that all the windows of the offices
were shattered by the blasts, adding: “It is very likely that the building
complex will collapse in the future, as a result of the explosions.”
Also,
the office of the State Security Service (SSS), along Ginginyu area, was
attacked yesterday. In the attack, a suicide bomber drove a bomb-laden Hilux
vehicle into the building.

Eyewitnesses revealed that when SSS officers
refused to open the gate for the vehicle, the suicide bomber rammed through the
gate forcefully. SSS operatives stationed at strategic points in the complex
opened fire on the vehicle and demobilised it instantly. They thereafter
detonated the bomb on the vehicle.
In a similar attack, another set of
bombers descended on the Farm Centre Police Station located behind the popular
Maraba Cinema and released all the armed robbery suspects. The police had
responded, thereafter, leading to heavy shootings in the area. Unconfirmed
report said that several people killed and injured.

A source also told
Saturday Sun that there were shootings at the Zaria Road Police Station, where
the police engaged attackers in a gun duel.
At the time of going to press
last night, the police station was on fire. A source told Saturday Sun: “When
the members of the  sect took over the station, they first set all the criminals
in detention free and later there were explosions, which set the station on
fire.”
He revealed that a team of armed policemen came on a rescue mission
and engaged the attackers in a gun battle.
The Bompai headquarters of the
Nigeria Police was also attacked. Suicide bombers allegedly attacked the
residential area of the police complex, but were resisted by policemen.

Following the attacks, confusion reigned in Kano last night, as
residents ran for safety. A number of cars rammed into each other, in the melee.

Soldiers have been deployed to maintain security in the ancient city, as
they guard parts of the state capital and patrol the streets.
Police Public
Relations Officer (PPRO), Magaji Majiya, could not be reached for comments, as
his phone was not available. The actual death toll could not also be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the Kano State government has imposed a curfew on the state
capital.

-Sun

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