20 January 2012
Smoke rises from the police headquarters as people run for safety in
Nigeria 's northern city of , January 20, 2012. . Kano
A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in
Nigeria 's second-largest city, , after a coordinated series of bomb attacks. Nigerian police say at least seven people have been killed in the bombings that targeted police and government offices in the northern city. Kano
The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A suicide bomber set off a huge explosion at the office of
Kano 's Inspector General of Police at about 5:00 p.m. local time Friday. Within minutes, blasts could be heard at several other locations throughout the city. Most of the targets appeared to be police stations.
Witnesses described chaos in the streets as people fled in panic, by foot and in vehicles, with sirens blaring and gunshots echoing around them. Reporter Salusi Radiu of VOA
's Hausa Service says he counted more than two dozen blasts over a 90-minute period.