Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nigeria police recover 100 bombs in Kano

23 January 2012

A police sweep in Nigeria's northern city of Kano has led to the recovery of more than 100 bombs three days after co-ordinated deadly attacks by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram killed at least 256 people there, police said Monday. "So far we have discovered cars and vans filled with explosives in the northern city of Kano".  The Police also said. Five of the assailants were suicide bombers.

"The police were on a stop-and-search today and in two of the checkpoints, the Boko Haram members on sighting the checkpoints abandoned their vehicles and ran," a high-level police officer told Reuters, asking not to be named.

"The vehicles were later checked and the cars were loaded with explosives. Two brand new Hilux open pick-up vans were also found packed with explosives in the Bompai area of Kano."

Police commissioner Ibrahim Idris also said in a statement that several hundred explosive devices had been found in the wake of the attacks that also claimed the lives of 29 policemen.

Police investigating the attacks have found 10 cars loaded with IEDs at various places in the state capital, along with about 300 drink cans, eight powdered milk tins and eight 350-kg drums — all loaded with explosives.

Kano was rocked on Friday by more than 20 explosions, with several locations targeted, including police and immigration offices, as well as widespread shootings and gun battles. Bodies littered the streets the next morning.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

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