Female Suicide Bombers Kill 5 in Northern Nigerian City of Kano

Two female suicide bombers detonated explosives that killed at least five people in a second day of violence in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, police said.

Four people including the bomber were killed and seven injured in an explosion at about 10 a.m. today at a Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. fuel station on the Maiduguri road in northern Nigeria’s largest city, Kano state police spokesman Musa Magaji Majiya said by phone.

A second suicide bomber killed herself and injured six others, including two policemen, behind the Ado Bayero Mall, which houses a Shoprite Holdings Ltd. (SHP) supermarket and a Massmart Holdings Ltd. (MSM) Game store, Majiya said. Yesterday at least five were killed in two blasts in the city.

The government of Africa’s largest economy and biggest oil producer is struggling to contain a five-year-old insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has carried out attacks in the capital, Abuja, and the mainly Muslim north in its campaign to impose Islamic law.

Boko Haram killed at least 2,053 civilians in 95 attacks in the first half of this year, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Nigeria suffers from the world’s deadliest “terror attacks,” with an average of 24 deaths per incident out of 146 recorded in the year through June, Bath, U.K.-based risk consultancy Maplecroft said July 23.

To contact the reporters on this story: Edwin Olofu in Kano at eolofu@bloomberg.net; Chris Kay in Lagos at ckay5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Karl Maier, Ana Monteiro

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