World Bulletin / News Desk
At least five people have been killed and many injured in a late Sunday suicide bombing attack in Nigeria's commercial city of Kano.
"Five people were killed in the blast and several injured," Kano police spokesman Musa Majiya Adelere told Anadolu Agency on Monday morning. "The dead include the bomber himself," he said.
Adelere said the bombing occurred just a little after 10pm local time. He added that police are combing the area to find "clues into the unfortunate incident."
Abubakar Jos, a local radio journalist, said the blast occurred near a drinking joint between Gold Coast Road and Middle Road. "But the suicide bomber apparently was headed elsewhere because the blast occurred while he was on the move," he told AA.
The blast in Kano occurred just hours after an explosion near a refinery in Port Harcourt, the capital of southern Rivers State, killed seven people and injured several others.
"The explosion occurred following the activities of illegal bunkerers at a creek near the NNPC jetty in Okrika, Rivers State," Okrika local government chairman Tamuno Williams confirmed to AA.
"For now, I will say seven die, scores injured and they are being treated in hospitals in Rivers State," he said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion, as usual, points at the Boko Haram.
More than 1500 people have been killed this year alone in attacks blamed on Boko Haram rebels, most of which have taken place in the northeastern Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Cameroon beefs up security on Nigeria border
Cameroonian authorities on Sunday beefed up security along its northern border with Nigeria, hours after ten Chinese workers were kidnapped near the borderline reportedly by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militant group.
"I signed an order for banning the movement of motorcycles in all administrative areas of Far North Region from 7pm this evening until 5am tomorrow," governor Augustine Awa Fonka told Anadolu Agency.
He added that he also ordered tightened security measures in Waza city, the site of the kidnapping of the Chinese workers on Friday, as well.
Fonka described the measures as "temporary," saying that they will continue to be enforced until things clear up.
"This is something that is strongly linked with the security of us all," Fonka said. "The local residents of the region have realized the seriousness of the matter and started to coordinate with us," he added.
A group of militants, believed to be members of the Boko Haram movement, kidnapped ten Chinese workers late on Friday from their worksite in the northernmost Cameroonian city of Waza.
The workers were working for a company that had recently won a bid for the upgrade of a section of a main road in northern Cameroon.
The kidnappers also seized a large amount of explosives, cars and a truck along with a firearm that used to be owned by the company's personnel, according to a senior Cameroonian military source.
The source added that a Cameroonian soldier was also killed during an exchange of fire between Cameroonian army troops and the kidnappers.
The kidnapping of the Chinese workers took place only hours before a summit in the French capital Paris on the situation in Nigeria and the security dangers posed by Boko Haram.
The summit, which was held on Saturday, was attended by the leaders of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.Last Mod: 19 Mayıs 2014, 09:37