Blast Kills Eight at School in North Nigerian City of Kano

At least eight people were killed in a blast at a school in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, a government spokesman said.

Scores were wounded in the explosion today at the Kano State School of Hygiene in Nigeria’s second-biggest city, spokesman Mike Omeri told reporters in the capital, Abuja.

“The bomb was planted within the school compound close to the road,” he said.

On May 18, a suicide car-bombing near a bar killed five people in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the biggest city in the predominantly Muslim north of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

While no group claimed responsibility for today’s attack, the Islamist group Boko Haram has carried out bombings in the capital, Abuja, in its campaign to impose Islamic law in Nigeria. The group, whose means “western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on April 14, an act that drew international outrage.

Mallam Husaini, a suspected Boko Haram cell leader in central state Plateau, was killed in a gunfight with Nigerian forces at the weekend, Omeri said.

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