Fourth female suicide bomber hits Nigeria's Kano, kills six

Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:59pm GMT

By Nneluke and Ikemfuna

KANO Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew herself up at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, killing six people in the fourth such attack there in less than a week, the government said.

Six other people were critically wounded by the bomber who targeted youths looking at a notice board for national youth service in Kano Polytechnic, government spokesman Mike Omeri said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria, has repeatedly bombed Kano as it radiates attacks outwards from its northeast heartlands.

Omeri added that security forces had arrested three Boko Haram suspects in Katsina state, two of them female, on Tuesday. One was a 10-year-old girl who had had an explosive belt strapped to her by the others, he said.

Using female suicide bombers in the city appears to be a new tactic of Boko Haram, although they have used them on occasion for years in the northeast.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others.

On Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself but no one else while trying to target police officers.

Wednesday's attack was "at the Kano State polytechnic where some students had gone for the collection of their call-up letters for the National Youth Service Corps," Omeri said in a statement.   Continued...

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