Police Call North Nigeria Attacks 'coordinated'

Published January 21, 2012 9:36AM (EST)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's federal police force says attacks at eight police and security posts around the north's largest city were "coordinated."

A statement by national spokesman Olusola Amore said the attacks caused seven deaths, matching the accounts from witness statements immediately after the attacks Friday in Kano, a city of more than 9 million people. However, the death toll could rise given the scope of the attacks.

Amore said the attacks targeted five police buildings, two immigration offices and the local headquarters of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police.

Amore could not be reached for comment Saturday. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

By Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

Related Topics ------------------------------------------