At least 165 people were killed in the northern Nigerian city of Kano in bomb attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on government buildings.
The group claimed responsibility for the blasts that struck eight government buildings on Friday, its spokesman, Abu Qaqa, said by telephone. Authorities in Africa’s top oil producer blame Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” for bombings and attacks in the mainly Muslim north and the capital Abuja over the past year.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in parts of four states in the northeast region on Dec. 31 and set up a special counterterrorism unit within the armed forces after at least 43 people died and 73 were wounded in a Christmas day bombing of a church near Abuja.
“We will not fold our hands and watch enemies of democracy perpetrate unprecedented evil in our land, and I want to re-assure Nigerians and the international community that all those involved in that dastardly act would be made to face the wrath of the law,” Jonathan said in an e-mailed statement.
The government imposed a curfew from 6pm to 7am.
The African Union has also condemned the attacks.