The bomb shattered the office of the AIG and his official car. Its impact also affected the office of the Divisional Police Officer and other shops opposite the zonal police headquarters.
Speaking with newsmen at the scene of the incidence, the AIG, Alhaji Mukhtari Ibrahim said that the bomber and a police corporal, Ismail were killed while, according to him, eight other police officers had various degrees of injuries.
“We had an unfortunate incident where a suicide bomber rammed into the headquarters with car and killed himself. A police corporal, by name Ismail was also killed and eight other officers we injured,” Ibrahim said.
Also speaking to newsmen, the Deputy Police Commissioner, Kudu Nma said that the office of the Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA was attacked and the bomber killed.
UPDATE 1: Explosions, including a suicide blast, rocked two police stations on Monday in Sokoto, police and residents said.
Boko Haram Islamists are suspected of having hideouts in Sokoto, but the group has rarely attacked within the city.
A senior police officer, who requested anonymity, said a suicide bomber approached the Yan Marina police station in the centre of the city in a car packed with explosives.
The bomber was denied entry at the security gate, where the vehicle blew up, according to the officer.
A resident near the station, Usman Bube, said the area was “engulfed in flames.”
“There was a huge explosion about an hour ago at the police station that was followed by thick smoke,” Bube told AFP. “It is so chaotic now, with people running to safety.”
Lawai Danfili, another resident, reported the second blast near Sokoto’s Unguwar Rogo station.
“We had a loud explosion around the police station. The impact of the explosion shook houses in the area. We all moved indoors,” he said.
There was no immediate report on casualties.
Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted the police across northern Nigeria, where most of their attacks have been carried out.
The city is home to Nigeria’s top Islamic leader, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar, the current Sultan of Sokoto.
Two suicide bombers of the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram on Monday attacked two police stations in Sokoto metropolis.
The first blast happened at Marna area, when the suicide bomber attacked the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in the city with a bomb rigged car killing a police officer and injuring several others.
Another bomber also bombed Unguwar Rogo Police station in the metropolis. The number of casualties in the second attack is unknown as at the time of publishing this report.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but residents suspects it was carries out by Boko Haram members.
Details to come…