Death toll in Nigeria terror onslaught tops 170 (VIDEO)
According to the Nigerian media, the authorities have imposed a night curfew on the city and warned the population against visiting Kano. After the attacks, soldiers and police swarmed throughout the streets while many residents hid in their homes. The radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram, believed to have carried out over 500 terror attacks last year, has already claimed responsibility for the violence in Kano. The group, whose name can be translated as “Western education is a sin,” said that the onslaught was a protest against the government’s refusal to release its members from prison.
According to The Times of Nigeria, the bombing and shooting attacks targeted five police buildings, two immigration offices and the local headquarters of the country’s secret police. Police Corporal Aliu Abdullahi, who survived one of the attacks, said that the terrorists wore police uniform to blend with officers. "We were in the mess when we saw people running and heard gunshots from the gate. I saw them shooting,” Aliu Abdullahi was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying. “You could not differentiate the Boko Haram members from our Police Mobile Force men because they wore the same uniform."
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said that those guilty of the attacks, which he called a “dastardly act,” would face "the full wrath of the law.""It is with a heart full of sadness and pain that I convey my condolences … to the families, friends, associates and relatives of all those who lost their lives in the acts of violence in Kano," Jonathan said in his statement.On Sunday, the EU condemned the terrorism in the African country and sent words of support to the Nigerian people who enjoy “a long tradition of social and religious tolerance,” as declared in EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s statement.Meanwhile, at least 11 more people have been killed in Nigeria's northern state of Bauchi. The attack happened overnight and killed civilians, police and army personnel who were running a checkpoint, the police say on Sunday. In a separate incident, two churches were attacked across the state.Though Bauchi is a region where Boko Haram has staged attacks before, the police did not immediately connect the recent assaults with the radical Islamist sect. The region is some 320 kilometers (200 miles) away from Kano.The attacks come shortly after major political rallies in the country, protesting the cancellation of a fuel subsidy by the government, with demonstrators calling Jonathan a “fraud” and a “tyrant”. The Nigerian authorities reacted almost immediately by dropping fuel prices.