Saturday, January 21, 2012

Multiple Bomb Blasts Rock Kano, SSS Office and Environs

KANO, Nigeria — An explosion ripped through a zonal police headquarters Friday in the largest city in Nigeria’s Muslim north, causing unknown casualties, witnesses said.

The blast occurred just after 5 p.m. in the city of Kano, the second largest city in Nigeria. Police kept Associated Press reporters away from the building, which had its roof removed and blown out in the explosion.

Authorities could not be immediately reached for comment to say what caused the blast or say if there had been any injuries. An AP reporter could see a plume of smoke also rising from another neighborhood in the city.

Another AP reporter said the explosion was powerful enough to shake his car several miles (kilometers) away.

The explosion occurred as Nigeria faces increasing attacks from a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram has been blamed for killing at least 76 people since the start of the year, according to an AP count. The sect killed at least 510 people last year in its growing sectarian struggle against Nigeria’s weak central

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