Nigeria Prez visits site of first suicide blast

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan tried to reassure people as he visited the site of the country`s first suicide blast, saying that security forces would tackle the situation.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2011, 00:15 AM IST

Abuja: Nigeria`s President Goodluck
Jonathan tried to reassure people as he visited the site of
the country`s first suicide blast, saying that security forces
would tackle the situation.

"Terrorism is a global phenomenon and everyone is a
target for them but Nigerians should not panic; the security
agencies will contain the situation," Jonathan said after his
inspection tour of the site.

Jonathan was taken around the site by national police
chief Hafiz Ringim, who was the target of the attack.

The radical Boko Haram sect said it was behind
Thursday`s blast in a car park at the national police
headquarters in the capital that killed a policeman and the
bomber and wounded several other people.

The explosion is the latest in a series of deadly
attacks in recent months, adding to a climate of insecurity
just weeks after Jonathan`s election late April for his first
full term.

Local newspapers have said that the oil rich African
country may seek assistance from the United States and Saudi
security agencies to probe the blast.

The most influential Muslim group here, the Nigerian
Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, also asked the government
to go after Boko Haram leaders and bring them to book.

Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the suicide
attack at Nigeria`s police headquarters adding that it
received support from al Qaeda in Somalia.

"We are responsible for the bomb attack on the police
headquarters in Abuja which was to prove a point to all those
who doubt our capability," the statement said.

A spokesman for the group, Abu Zaid, said they
regretted missing the police chief in this operation.
The group referred to comments he made days earlier,
faulting him for "unguarded utterances to the effect that he
will crush us in a matter of days".

Boko Haram which means `Western education is
abomination` threatened to continue "fierce" attacks
throughout the country after the police chief`s statement.

PTI