The police in Sokoto have confirmed that an officer and a suicide bomber died Monday in a brazen attack on two police installations in the city.
A suicide bomber had driven a bomb-laden car into the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in the city at Marina killing a police officer and injuring eight others.
The attacker, apparently targeting the AIG, stormed through the gate, killing the police officer on guard instantly before detonating his device near the AIG’s office. The AIG’s offices went up in flames but he escaped unhurt. His car, parked outside the station was badly damaged by the explosion.
The second attack, almost simultaneous, occurred at the Unguwar Rogo Police station in the metropolis. The second bomber targeted the Powa office but was blown to pieces by his explosives when the car he was driving in hit a culvert and exploded before hiting the target.
Although the police is yet to identify the bombers, witnesses say the attack has the imprimatur of the the dreaded Boko Haram sect which has launched series of bomb and gun attacks on states in the North.
The North-West city of Sokoto, home to the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the Sultan, head of Muslims in Nigeria, had remained largely insulated from the Boko Haram attacks which began in July 2009.