31 July 2012

Nigeria: Police Stations, AIG's Office, Powa Bombed in Sokoto - Five Killed

Photo: Aliyu Adekunle/Vanguard
Block of building, which houses AIG's office, shattered by the suicide bomber

Multiple bombs rocked Sokoto, the capital of the Caliphate, for the first time yesterday, with attacks on the AIG's office and two police stations. A total of five people; a police corporal, two suspected suicide bombers and a hair dresser died following the attacks.

The alleged attackers were said to have struck simultaneously at the office of the AIG, Zone 10, a Police Officers' Wives Association (POWA) shop, Marina and Unguwar Rogo police stations in Sokoto, which also injured eight policemen and a civilian.

The AIG, Zone 10, Sokoto, Muhtari Ibrahim, who confirmed the development, said the corporal and the suspected suicide bomber died during the attack on his office.

He added that five offices and other parts of the one-storey building, the gate, the nearby Marina police station and some neighbouring houses were shattered .

According to him, the suicide bomber who attacked his office drove a Honda Accord car and forced his way into the premises after he was denied entry.

Ibrahim claimed that only the dead suicide bomber was in the vehicle.

He solicited the support of the members of the public to check the trend by providing the security agencies with useful information.

The official vehicle of the AIG Zone 10 was also damaged .

Confirming the Unguwar Rogo police station attack, DCP Kudu Nma said the alleged attacker could not gain access into the police station .

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the state police command, DSP Sani Salisu, confirmed the death of the fourth person, a woman who ran a hair-dressing salon, as a result of the attack at the POWA shop near Unguwar Rogo police station.

According to an eyewitness, the first happened about 11am at Marina AIG Zone 10 office, while the second suicide attempt occurred just three minutes away from the first, outside the police station's premises, killing passers-by.

The Marna AIG attack was caused by a man riding a Mercedes Benz 190 V-Boot, who rammed into the building and caused a powerful blast that destroyed the entire building.

At Unguwan Rogo station, eyewitness said, the suicide bomber came in a Golf car and tried to force his way into the premises but he was stopped. In the process, he hit the fence of the station. "Many people sustained high degree of injuries; they were being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but so far we have not noticed any dead person," he said.

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