Nigeria: First ever suicide bomber attacks capital



Nigeria: First ever suicide bomber attacks capital Abuja: Nigeria on Thursday witnessed its first ever suicide bombing attack targeting the police headquarters in which one security official was killed and several others wounded, while in another blast in the northern region three children have died.

Police chief in the state, Mohammed Abubakar said that suspected members of Muslim sect, Boko Haram detonated bomb at a house in the town of Damboa killing the children but did not confirm whether they were siblings.

"They were playing within the area of the bombing and were killed instantly," Abubakar said.

In capital Abuja, the oil rich African country witnessed its first ever suicide bombing, when a police officer were killed. The bomber tried to attack the police chief.

Red Cross workers said the wounded were taken to the hospital for medical attention.

"I can confirm that a suicide bomber was killed but may not be able to give you more casualty figure for the time being," the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yeshua Shuaib said.

But a spokesman of the police told the media here that the bomber and a traffic policeman were killed by the explosions.

Witnesses said a loud explosion was heard around 8 am local time followed by billow of smokes which went skywards at the highly guarded police headquarters where the country's Inspector General of police, Hafiz Ringim drove in a convoy into the compound.

Ringim himself was said to have escaped death by whiskers according to the force's narration of the incidence.

The car was trailing the inspector-general of police by following his convoy but was re-directed to a general car park by a traffic policeman who discovered that it was not part of the convoy before the bomb went off.

On Tuesday, the police chief visited Maiduguri where an Islamic sect, Boko Haram that has carried out many deadly attacks in the country has their largest number of members and vowed to stop the activities of the group.

Police said more than 30 cars were burnt while 40 other vehicles were shattered by the explosions.

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

PTI