Bomb explosions hit Airtel and MTN offices in Kano

UPDATE 4: Eyewitnesses said three people died – two suicide bombers and one security officer who was standing at the gate when the car was rammed into the gate.

UPDATE 3: Joint Task Force, JTF said two people died while one person was injured from the attack.

The two people that died were the suicide bombers while the injured man, a generator operator with Airtel firm, is on admission at an undisclosed hospital.

UPDATE 2: A policeman who requested anonymity said, “There has been a bomb blast at Airtel office. From what we hear, it was a suicide attack. The bomber rammed his car into the gate and blew himself up. The building is on fire.”

Kano police chief Ibrahim Idris told Reuters news agency the bombers had died in the attacks.

“The one who hit the Airtel office was shot by military men before the bomb exploded,” he said. “At the MTN office the car rammed into the fence but no civilians were killed.”

Firefighters battled to put off the inferno caused by the blast.

UPDATE 1: The spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaibu, confirmed the separate attacks in a text message.

“NEMA has confirmed attacks on Telcom masts belonging to Airtel and MTN at Old Parade Ground and Malali Road respectively in Kano Municipality today.”

Earlier report…

Two suicide bombers attacked a branch of Airtel and MTN Communication offices in Kano state early Saturday morning.

Report says one of the suicide bombers hit the premises of Airtel on Mallam Kato Square.

The second suicide bomber hits the MTN headquarters at Post Office Road barely an hour after the attack on Airtel’s office.

Number of casualties are yet to be known. Soldiers and policemen are said to be on the scene.

Details later…

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