Suicide blast in northern Nigeria kills five: police
7/13/2012 7:10:02 PM -
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - A suicide bomber targeting "dignitaries" leaving Friday prayers at the home of a key Islamic leader killed five people in Nigeria's restive Borno state, the police commissioner told AFP.
"A lone suicide bomber blew himself up while targeting some dignitaries coming back from the Friday prayers near the Shehu's palace. Five people have been killed," said Bala Hassan, confirming the blast in the state capital Maiduguri.
The Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai el-Kanemi, the top Islamic leader in the state, appeared to have been the target, according to the deputy governor of Borno, Zannah Mustapha.
Kanemi was reportedly not hurt in the attack.
Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists have long stated their loathing for Kanemi, a symbol of Islamic tradition in northern Nigeria.
The radical group claimed the assassination last year of his brother, and Kanemi's personal residence was recently attacked.
Mustapha told an AFP correspondent in Kano that he was among the group standing outside the mosque near the leader's palace after prayers.
A young man of around 16 years approached and blew himself up, splattering the Kanemi's garments with blood and flesh, according to Mustapha.
The bomber also reportedly died in the blast, in addition to the five worshippers killed.