20 January, 2012

20 Feared Dead in Kano Bomb Blast

At least 20 persons have been feared dead in multiple explosions targeted at least eight police stations, the office of the State Security Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service in Kano, Kano State.

It was learnt that a journalist with Channels television, Eneche Akogwu (31), was among those that died. At least three policemen at the Zone 1 Headquarters of the Nigeria Police in Kano also died.

Sources said that a man driving a Honda Civic vehicle had approached the security point at the police headquarters.

But instead of stopping, he drove through the security cordon, raising fears among the policemen at the entrance.

On gaining access, the man slammed the car into one of the buildings in the police headquarters, with massive explosions following.

The car, which was said to be bomb-laden, was torn into pieces along with its occupants. Three policemen on duty also died on the spot. The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the zone was reported to be in the office when the explosions happened but he escaped unhurt.

At least eight vehicles in the premises were blown to pieces. As the explosion at the police headquarters rented the air, so also did other bombs go off in the area.

This affected the two nearby police stations – Zaria Road Police Station and Farm Centre Police Station – and the SSS and NIS offices. At the NIS office, at least three persons were also confirmed dead.

In the midst of the confusion, Eneche Akogwu was said to have tried taking a few shot for his station. But unknown a yet to be identified gunman was said to have surfaced, shooting the reporter.

Boisterous Kano remained a shadow of itself as residents have scampered for safety. A security source told The Eagle Online that not less than 20 bombs must have exploded today in Kano.

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