People look at the body of an unidentified immigration officer after an explosion near the immigration office in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano January 20, 2012. At least six people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria’s second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks. (REUTERS/Stringer)
The terrorists targeted police station and the immigration offices.
At least 80 bodies were piled in a morgue in Nigeria’s second-largest city of Kano on Saturday after coordinated bomb attacks and shootouts the previous night, an AFP correspondent reported.
The journalist was able to count at least 80 corpses in the morgue at Kano’s main hospital, many with gunshot wounds, and the toll was expected to be higher.
Around 100 people waited outside the morgue to collect the bodies of relatives.
Coordinated bomb attacks targeting security forces and gun battles on Friday evening spread chaos in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, with bodies littering the streets on Saturday.
The main newspaper in Nigeria’s north said that a purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the violence, saying it was in response to authorities’ refusal to release their members from custody.
The attacks prompted the government to announce a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the city of more than 10 million people. Kano, like other cities in the north, has been plagued by an insurgency led by Boko Haram, which is blamed for scores of bombings and shootings, aimed mainly at government targets, that are growing in scale and sophistication.
A spokesman for Boko Haram contacted reporters in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where the sect is based, to claim responsibility for the attacks. Copies of a letter were also dropped around Kano, which appeared to be from the group.