BREAKING NEWS: Suicide Bomber Hits Airtel and MTN Offices In Kano, 4 Feared Dead
A source close to joint security forces in the state, told Channels Television that one suicide bomber hit the premises of Airtel on Mallam Kato Square, killing one unidentified person.
¡°Its impact has affected Singer market which has now been closed down by the joint security forces¡±, he added.
Bayo Osho, an Airtel staff who survived the attack, said two suicide bombers in separate cars carried out the attack.
He said the first car rammed the gate before a second car, laden with explosives, drove into the building. The driver of the second carthen came out and exchanged gunfire with the security personnel before the explosives went off.
Sources also confirmed that another suicide bomber hit the MTN headquarters at Post Office Road about 30 minutes after the attackon Airtel¡¯s office.
The area is now completely surrounded by the Joint Task Force (JTF) and movement is restricted in the environ.
However, reports indicate that the attack was unsuccessful as they car exploded outside the building.
According to sources, the switch at Bompai controls MTN network in 13 states while that of Airtel attacked earlier controls network in 7 states.
Already, subscribers on the Airtel network arealready experiencing network disruption even as security personnel have been dispatched to other masts and switches in anticipation of further attacks.
The suicide bombers who attacked the Airtel office can be confirmed dead according to security sources.
Unconfirmed reports say four persons are feared dead in the both suicide attacks, as it is not however clear the reason for targeting the service providers and if there are other institutions under fire as at the time of this report.
JTF spokesman in the city, Captain Ikediche Iweha said that ¡°some criminals want to unsettle everybody but we are in control of the situation.¡±
However, there are reports that there is security alert in the city with the emergence of more check points, especially in vulnerable areas where there are high concentration of churches.
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