30th April, 2012
A suicide bomb attack targeting a senior police official’s convoy in north eastern Nigeria on Monday killed at least two civilians, with the senior officer unharmed, authorities said.
“A bomber on a motorcycle rammed into the police rider (motorcycle escort),” police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki told AFP of the attack in the Taraba state capital Jalingo.
“The bomb went off. The windshield of the (state) police commissioner’s car was shattered … The bomber died with two others.”
The two victims were passers-by, he said, while the police motorcyclist was wounded and taken to hospital.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and police declined to name any suspects, though the attack was similar to others carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram.
Taraba state has not been known to be targeted by Boko Haram, though the state borders others that have been repeatedly hit by such violence.
On Sunday, attacks on churchgoers in the northern cities of Kano and Maiduguri left a total of 23 people dead, security sources and an NGO have said.