Suicide bombers target Airtel, MTN

24 Dec 2012

Two suicide car bombers have attacked the facilities of Airtel Nigeria and MTN Nigeria in northern city Kano, killing themselves and maiming at least one person, while destroying an Airtel switch station and causing disruption of the cellco’s services in Kano and neighbouring states. The Daily Trust quotes Captain Ikedichi Iweha of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano describing the attack on Airtel’s premises: ‘A suicide bomber rammed into the gate, hit a generator operator by the gate and rammed into the building before he detonated himself.’ An engineer working with Airtel told the newspaper’s correspondent that the damaged facility was used to service Airtel subscribers in about seven states in the North, including Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi. Captain Iweha also told how MTN’s facilities were targeted: ‘A suicide bomber was on the road attempting to go to the office, but troops spotted the vehicle on the road… They engaged it, resulting in the suicide bomber detonating the explosives before entering the building.’

Troops have been deployed to provide security at mobile installations in the state following attacks on telecommunication masts by members of the Boko Haram sect in September.

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