8 suspects arrested after attack in northern Nigeria

2012-12-06 12:00:41 GMT2012-12-06 20:00:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KANO, Nigeria, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Police in Kano State in northwestern Nigeria on Thursday said eight suspects were arrested after a patrol team escaped a bomb attack along the Ring Road area of the metropolis.

State commissioner of police Ibrahim Idris announced the attack and arrests, saying an explosive device was thrown at the police patrol at exactly 7:30 a.m. local time on Thursday.

"The police patrol team was heading to its duty post when the passengers of a taxi Golf car coming behind threw an explosive device at the police vehicle," said the top cop, adding that the security officers immediately disembarked from the vehicle and cordoned off the area.

According to Idris, no casualties were recorded and the eight passengers of the car where the explosive device emerged were immediately arrested. "Full investigation has commenced on the attack," he added.

Kano State has witnessed a number of attacks often perpetrated by the militant sect of Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks and killing of hundreds of citizens in northern and central parts of Nigeria since 2009.

On Monday, two people were feared dead when an explosion rocked the Plaza junction area of Kanti Kori in the metropolis. Another blast hit the state on Wednesday, injuring two persons.

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