Airtel, MTN offices bombed in Nigeria
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Suicide car bombers Saturday attacked the offices of a Nigerian subsidiary of Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel in the volatile city of Kano besides that of South African firm MTN, killing at least four.
Survivor Bayo Osho said they were at work in the Airtel building located near Mallam Kalto Square in Sabon Gari when two suicide bombers drove separate vehicles into the premises. According to the survivor, the first car was used to force the gate open and the driver came out and exchanged gun fire with the security personnel before the second one, laden with explosives, drove in. The explosives went off and sent billows of flames and smokes into the air.
Firefighters have started battling to put of the fire even as men of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) have cordoned off the area.
Officials from Airtel, one of the three biggest mobile phone service providers in Nigeria, were unavailable for comment.
Reports also said that a office of MTN was also attacked by a suicide bomber.
A local news website, Street Journal said four persons died. But it was not immediately known if any civilians were killed. It was also not known where the casualties took place.
The Islamist group Boko Haram has in the past targeted phone companies, accusing them of cooperating with the security services.
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