Averse at mobile phone firms, suicide bombers attack Airtel office in Nigeria with bombs

In a rare case of antipathy toward mobile phone companies, two suspected suicide car bombers attacked Airtel office in Kano, a city in South Africa on Saturday.

“The attacker who hit the Airtel office was shot before the bomb exploded,” Ibrahim Idris, the chief of police in Kano said.

When the attackers failed to force open the gate, they stormed the office premises in their car and opened gun fire on the security guards. In exchange of fire, they were killed by the security guards.  The military Joint Task Force (JTF) has cordoned off the area.

No group has claimed the responsibility so far but reports say it could be an offshoot of an erstwhile radical-Islamist militant group Boko Haram that has targeted mobile phone companies in the past, blowing up telephone masts and offices, saying the companies helped the army nail down its members.

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