Newspaper Office Bombings Kill 7 in Nigeria

Police and rescuers stand in front of the bombed office of ThisDay, an influential daily newspaper in Abuja, Nigeria, April. 26, 2012.
Police and rescuers stand in front of the bombed office of ThisDay, an influential daily newspaper in Abuja, Nigeria, April. 26, 2012.
Heather Murdock

Bomb attacks targeted the Abuja and Kaduna offices of one of Nigeria’s most prominent newspapers Thursday, killing seven people and injuring many others. Another bombing late Thursday in Kaduna hit a residential neighborhood, injuring several people and damaging houses.

After the explosion, the crowd that gathers around the gutted This Day newspaper office in Abuja quickly become angry. They shouted at soldiers and police, saying there is no security in Nigeria.  

Among the dead in Abuja was the bomber, who drove a jeep and killed at least two security guards. Security officers say the bomb most likely was set to go off upon impact and detonated as the jeep rammed into the door. Windows in the surrounding buildings were shattered.

"The suicide bomber came in a jeep and the security opened the gate. We can’t ask them now because they are dead. We can’t find out why they opened the gate for them," said Olusegun Adeniya, chairman of the newspaper's editorial board.

Adeniya said the blast did not reach the news and editorial departments in the back of the building.

Meanwhile, in Kaduna, an eyewitness to the deadly attack there told VOA the bomb exploded just outside the This Day compound, which also houses two other newspapers: The Moment and The Sun.

President of the National Union of Journalists, Mohammad Gaber, did not comment when asked if the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram was behind the attack, but said it was clear the media in Nigeria is under siege.  

"This has further confirmed our fear that journalists are not safe, media houses are not safe, so that there is need for the security agencies to be more proactive," Gaber said.

Some locals say they suspect the attacks are the work of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has been blamed for hundreds of deaths this year alone.

The group claimed responsibility for two suicide car bombings in Abuja last year; one at police headquarters and the other at the local U.N. headquarters. In Kaduna, a car bomb exploded on a busy street on Easter Sunday earlier this month, killing at least 40 people. No one claimed responsibility for that attack.

In the crowds surrounding the bombsite, however, others say the attack was a political move to distract the public’s attention from recent charges of high-level corruption.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the attack “misguided, horrendous and wicked."

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by: C z y
April 27, 2012 11:13 AM
This problem is 4m the lieders ther no all, let play 2 god 4 sheve

by: D T
April 27, 2012 7:30 AM
I think we christian need to pray more for this Country Nigeria, pleading for mercy over the wickedness of the highest order across this Country, Nigeria. If division of the country is the solution to all these problems, fine, let us part for peace to reign.

by: Emmanuel
April 26, 2012 4:03 PM
God will purnish our leaders who lead this country as if it is a banana republic. U. S. Warn them and they didnt take any proactive measure towards it instead they were coming on tv to say rubish because they are going about with over zealous so called security officer.

by: Bola Salami
April 26, 2012 2:38 PM
We hv a lot to do in Nigerian because of the bomb,we need to do something fast before this bomb wil kil everybody.

by: Bola Salami
April 26, 2012 2:37 PM
We hv a lot to do in Nigerian because of the bomb,we need to do something fast before this bomb wil kil everybody.

by: ben
April 26, 2012 2:02 PM
mr president,what are you still waiting,nigeria is too big to be one try and do something.let everybody stay on there own.god bless he's people.thank you.

by: c j
April 26, 2012 10:38 AM
Nigerians should be wise a little to save a soul.

by: Josh Arinze
April 26, 2012 10:21 AM
Back in the early 1990s, when I was a journalist in Nigeria, one worried about being arrested. To think that Nigerian journalists now have to worry about dying in bomb attacks. That's far worse. Nigeria is in serious trouble.

by: Win
April 26, 2012 10:07 AM
I'm an eye witnes in kaduna blast. If securities had responded immediatly n dat son of d devil had probably been shot or aprehendd by anti bomb squard,it wil have savd d day. Poor civilians tryin to play d hero looses their lives in d proces. God save us.

by: Allen O
April 26, 2012 9:55 AM
Am surprise the same tactics used at police Hq,UN is still working for these terrorist.Am using this medium to introduce XD-2i that can detects all explosives and enables users to identify the
class of explosives detected. Detects invisible residue (trace) and can analyze bulk samples,regardless of environment. Used to interdict explosives and devices and those who manufacture, assemble, transport, and emplace IEDs.

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