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Bomb targets police vehicle in Nigeria

15 November 2011, 16:29

Maiduguri - A bomb targeting a police vehicle in a governor's motorcade and two other blasts rocked the volatile Nigerian city of Maiduguri, but no casualties were reported, police and residents said on Tuesday.

The blast involving the motorcade of Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima occurred on Monday when suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram threw a bomb at the police vehicle on the road from the Maiduguri airport.

The governor was returning from the capital Abuja and was being welcomed by supporters along the airport road following his victory in a legal challenge to his election win in April.

"There was a blast targeted at one of our vehicles, but it did not hit its target," Borno state police commissioner Simeon Midenda told AFP. "It was a mild explosion. Nobody was killed or injured."

Residents also told AFP two other blasts were heard in the city on Monday night, but details were not immediately available.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has been hit by scores of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, which also claimed responsibility for the August suicide bombing of UN headquarters in Abuja which killed at least 24 people.

The sect claimed to be behind coordinated attacks in Maiduguri and Damaturu in nearby Yobe state on November 4 that left some 150 people dead.


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