According to reports, two suicide bombers drove a rigged car into the offices of Airtel and MTN headquarters in Kano before exploding early morning today, killing a yet to identified number of people. According to sources close to the joint security forces in the state, one suicide bomber hit the premises of Airtel on Mallam Kato Square at Central business district in the commercial city, killing one unidentified person. “Its impact has affected Singer market which has now been closed down by the joint security forces”, he added.
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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 car then 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 attack on 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 the car exploded outside the building. According to reports, 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 are already experiencing network disruption even as security personnel have been dispatched to other masts and switches in anticipation of further attacks.
The Joints Tasks Force, JTF has said the two suicide bombers were killed in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on telecom facilities in Kano Saturday morning.