Ambulances and security officers arrive at the Murtala
Muhammad hospital after a suicide bomb attack in Kano,
northern Nigeria. REUTERS/Stringer
A suicide bomber blew herself up at a college in northern
Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, killing six people in the
fourth such attack there in less than a week, the government
Six other people were critically wounded by the bomber, who
targeted youths looking at a notice board for national youth
service in Kano Polytechnic, government spokesman Mike Omeri
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although
militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic
state in religiously-mixed Nigeria, has repeatedly bombed
Kano as it radiates attacks outwards from its northeast
Omeri added that security forces had arrested three Boko
Haram suspects in Katsina state, two of them female, on
Tuesday. One was a 10-year-old girl who had had an explosive
belt strapped to her by the others, he said.
Using female suicide bombers in the city appears to be a new
tactic of Boko Haram, although they have used them on
occasion for years in the northeast.
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show
and a petrol station in Kano on Monday, killing one other
person and injuring at least six others.
On Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself but no one
else while trying to target police officers.
Wednesday's attack was "at the Kano State polytechnic where
some students had gone for the collection of their call-up
letters for the National Youth Service Corps," Omeri said in
"We wish to assure Nigerians that the government is putting
all efforts and resources into ... countering the violent
insurgency by Boko Haram," he said, after giving the death
In a separate incident on Tuesday, two suicide bombers killed
13 people in attacks on two mosques in the town of Potiskum,
in Yobe state in the northeast, medical official Bala Afuwa,
who received the bodies at a local hospital, told Reuters by
telephone on Wednesday.
"Two of my uncles were killed," said resident Mohammed
Abubakar, whose family home is next to one of the mosques
that were attacked. "They had just returned from the mosque."
President Goodluck Jonathan, who has come under heavy
criticism for failing to end the five-year-old rebellion,
pledged $500 million on Wednesday towards Nigerians living in
states that are worst affected by Boko Haram violence.
Though much of the violence is concentrated in the remote
northeast, the group has have struck across Nigeria in
several attacks since April. On Sunday, they mounted a
cross-border attack into Cameroon, killing at least three
people there and kidnapping the wife of the vice prime