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Nigeria police discover 8 bomb-laden cars in Kano

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 00:49

Kano (Nigeria): Police in the northern
Nigerian city of Kano, which is reeling from a wave of attacks
that killed at least 160 people last week, said they found
eight cars packed with bombs on Monday.

"We have discovered eight bomb-laden cars in different
areas of the city," a senior police officer said on
condition of anonymity. "We are still facing serious security
threats."

Residents of Kano said yesterday a bomb-laden car was
found abandoned outside a government-run fuel station but that
the explosives were defused by police.

The bombs found today were all home-made and were left in
cars abandoned by roadsides in the city, the police official
said.

On Friday, bombs were set off and gun battles raged in
coordinated attacks launched after Muslim prayers in Nigeria`s
second largest city, with a police headquarters and other
police stations, a secret police building and immigration
offices targeted.

A purported spokesman for the Boko Haram Islamist sect
claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in
response to a refusal by the authorities to release its
members from custody.

PTI

First Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 21:25

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