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Bomb Blasts Strike Nigeria Friday, Syria and Afghanistan Through Saturday

People watch as smoke rises from the police headquarters in the north Nigerian city of Kano after it was hit by a blast. Photograph: Reuters

Scores Dead After Kano Blast in Nigeria

Eyewitnesses in the Nigerian city of Kano say they have counted scores of bodies after co-ordinated bomb attacks on Friday.

162 confirmed dead, it is feared the number will rise. Police stations and the state police HQ were among the targets, and gunfire was heard across the second biggest city. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden”, said it was responsible. The group has been behind a recent campaign of violence in the mainly Muslim north.

Meanwhile, organisers of a controversial civil activists’ mass rally set for Saturday in the commercial capital Lagos called off the event in light of the attacks. Organisers of the demonstration against government corruption and the military’s presence in Lagos say they fear their protest could be infiltrated by militants sent to cause mayhem and cost more lives.

A BBC reporter in Kano said he had been to the main hospital’s mortuary and seen 150 bodies. The police statement said four police stations around the city, the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS), as well as passport and immigration offices were targeted. The BBC’s Mark Doyle, in Kano, says he has seen one police station with its roof completely burnt off, though it was not clear whether this was caused directly by an explosion or by fire
… (BBC)

An Afghan policeman stands guard in Kandahar. Credit: (AFP/File, Jangir)

Suicide Bombers Kill at least 13 people in Afghanistan

At least 13 people, including five Afghan border police, a NATO soldier and two would-be suicide bombers were killed across Afghanistan Saturday, officials said. The border guards died when their vehicle was ambushed in Gulran district of Hirat province in western Afghanistan, General Sulaiman, the commander of rapid reaction forces in the area, told AFP. “The vehicle first hit a roadside bomb and then the militants opened fire using grenade launchers and small arms,” he said. The NATO soldier died in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said, without providing any further details.

Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb hit a civilian truck in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of volatile Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, killing three civilians and wounding three others. “They were labourers going to their work in the morning when their truck hit the roadside bomb that killed three and wounded three others,” the provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.

In southeastern Afghanistan, Afghan and NATO security forces shot dead four attackers attempting to target Barmal district chief office in Paktika province on Saturday, Mukhlis Afghan the provincial spokesman said.

“Two attackers had suicide vests on, but were killed before being able to detonate and two others were armed,” he said, adding that there were no other fatalities… (AFP)

Jan 20: Syrian anti-regime demonstrators gather in the Khalidiya neighbourhood. Credit: AFP

Syria Blast Kills 14

Bomb blasts killed 14 prisoners travelling in a security vehicle in northwest Syria on Saturday, the state news agency said, and troops fought rebels elsewhere as the Arab League weighed whether to keep monitors in place.

Syria’s SANA agency said a “terrorist” group had set off two explosions that also wounded 26 prisoners, as well as six police guards. It said the assailants had also attacked ambulances sent to the scene, on the road between the towns of Idlib and Ariha. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, had earlier reported the attack in northwestern Idlib province.

It said army troops were clashing with soldiers who have deserted and joined an anti-Assad insurgency in the Jebel al-Zawiya region of Idlib, which is near the Turkish border. Al Jazeera television said army troops and deserters were also battling in the northwestern city of Jisr al-Shughour.



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