by Isi Esene
Suicide bombers attacked two police formations in Sokoto this morning killing three people.
Several policemen including civilians were injured in the multiple attacks with one of the three people reported dead confirmed to be the suicide bomber.
The first bomber was said to have driven a bomb rigged car with its target being the office of the assistant inspector-general of Police at the Yan Marina police station.
According to the Vanguard Newspapers, one of the officers who witnessed the attack said the bomber was denied entry at the security gate where the vehicle blew up.
A resident near the station, Usman Bube, said the area was “engulfed in flames.”
He told the AFP that there was a huge explosion which was followed by thick smoke with people running to safety.
The second explosion took place at Unguwar Rogo Police Station. Reports say the suicide bomber died at the Police Officers Wives Complex section of the station but the number of casualties involved in this attack is yet to be confirmed.
Lawai Danfili, who witnessed the second attack said, “We heard a loud explosion around the police station. The impact of the explosion shook houses in the area. We all moved indoors.”
Police formations in the northern part of the country have been a constant target of the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and there seems to be no end to the violent attacks.