Suicide car bombs hit Nigerian newspaper offices

Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:52pm EDT
 
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By Camillus Eboh and Garba Mohammed

ABUJA/KADUNA (Reuters) - Suicide car bombers targeted the offices of Nigerian newspaper This Day in the capital Abuja and northern city of Kaduna on Thursday, killing at least four people in apparently coordinated strikes.

This Day is based in southern Nigeria and is broadly supportive of President Goodluck Jonathan's government - the main target for Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds of people this year in shootings and bombings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

At around 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) one bomber drove a jeep into the daily's office in Abuja, killing himself and two others, witnesses and the state security service (SSS) said.

At the same time, 140 km (90 miles) north in Kaduna, a car was stopped from getting into This Day's offices and one of the attackers jumped out.

"He was immediately challenged by two gallant Nigerians, following which he threw the bomb at them and it detonated, killing them instantly," the SSS said in a statement.

It identified the bomber as Umaru Mustapha, from Maiduguri in Borno state, the home of Boko Haram in the remote northeast of Africa's most populous nation.

Later in the day, a roadside bomb exploded in a suburb of Kaduna, wounding 4 people but causing no deaths, Kaduna state police spokesman Aminu Lawal said.   Continued...

 
The body of a victim lies covered on the ground after a bomb blast in front of the office compound of Nigerian newspaper This Day in the northern city of Kaduna April 26, 2012. Two suicide car bombers targeted the offices of This Day in the capital Abuja and the northern city of Kaduna on Thursday, killing at least three people, officials and witnesses said. A Reuters witness saw the second attack in Kaduna, when a suicide car bomber drove into the This Day office compound and tried to detonate his explosives but was stopped by bystanders, who dragged him out of the vehicle. The bomb later went off, killing at least one, Police Commissioner Mohammed Abubakar confirmed on the scene. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings. REUTERS/Stringer