Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 December 2012

Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Target Airtel, MTN Facilities in Kano

Kano — Suicide bombers on Saturday morning carried out two separate attacks against telecommunication facilities in Kano state.

The first attack occurred at the building of Airtel Telecommunications Company near Mallam Kato Square, Sabon Gari, Kano, injuring an unconfirmed number of people.

Bayo Osho, an Airtel staff who survived the attack, said two cars were involved in the attack.

He said the first car rammed the gate before a second car, laden with explosives, drove into the building. The driver of the second car then came out and exchanged gunfire with the security personnel before the explosives went off.

Minutes after the Airtel incident, another attack was launched against MTN switch in Bompai along Mai Malari, opposite northern Flour mills in Bompai.

However, reports indicate that the attack was unsuccessful as the car exploded outside the building.

According to sources, the switch at Bompai controls MTN network in 13 states while that of Airtel attacked earlier controls network in 7 states.

Already, subscribers on the Airtel network are already experiencing network disruption even as security personnel have been dispatched to other masts and switches in anticipation of further attacks.

Only the suicide bombers who attacked the Airtel office can be confirmed dead according to security sources.

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