Bomber killed in failed attack on Nigerian police

August 15, 2011 17:42

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A man was shot dead by Nigerian police on Monday as he drove a car full of explosives, which failed to detonate, into police headquarters in Maiduguri, a northeastern city plagued by almost daily attacks by a radical Islamist sect.

"The man ... gained entrance by ramming into the gate of the police headquarters and drove straight towards the main building before he was gunned down inside his car," said local police spokesman, Abubaker Kabru.

He said seven cylinders of gunpowder and several cans of petrol were found in the car.

Maiduguri, a city in a remote area of Africa's most populous nation, close to borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon, has been the scene of months of attacks by Boko Haram, whose name roughly translated from the local Hausa language is "Western education is sinful".

The group has struck further afield recently, claiming responsibility for a June bomb blast in the car park of national police headquarters in the capital Abuja.

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