Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Nigeria: Blast Kills 12 At Kano Motor Park


The first bombing, which killed 17, ripped through a station on the outskirts of Potiskum, in northeast Yobe state, which has been targeted repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists.



Roughly four hours later, two men blew themselves up after getting off a bus at a busy terminus in Kano, the north's largest city and another frequent Boko Haram target. Ten people were killed.
Despite the attacks, President Goodluck Jonathan said late Tuesday that the military had the insurgents on the back foot.

"The president assures all Nigerians, and the people of the northeastern states in particular, that the days of mourning victims of incessant terrorist attacks in the country will soon be over as the tide has now definitely turned against Boko Haram," his office said in an emailed statement.

The Nigerian militant group, blamed for more than 13,000 deaths since 2009, has in recent weeks expanded its uprising into neighbouring countries, raising fears of a regional crisis.

In neighbouring Niger on Tuesday, a mine planted by the insurgents killed two soldiers and injured four others in the Diffa region bordering Yobe, a security source said.

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