JALINGO, NIGERIA (BNO NEWS) -- At least ten people were killed on early Monday morning when a suicide bomber struck a convoy carrying a senior police officer in eastern Nigeria, officials said. Nearly two dozen others were injured, some seriously.
The attack took place at around 8:30 a.m. local time in Jalingo, the state capital of Taraba, when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle crashed into the police convoy. Police Commissioner Mamman Sule was in the attacked convoy, although it was not immediately clear if he was the target of the attack.
"There are ten confirmed fatalities," a police officer said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. The officer said at least one of the fatalities was a police officer, and 21 other people were reported to be injured. Some were seriously injured.
Sule survived the attack, although it was unclear if he was among those injured.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram have been blamed for most of the region's terrorist attacks and seeks the imposition of an extremist stance of the Shariah law, which is a Muslim code of conduct. The group's name, in the local language of Hausa, roughly translates as 'Western religion is sacrilegious' or 'non-Islamic religion is a sin.'
Monday's attack came just one day after at least 20 people were killed when a group of gunmen riding a vehicle and two motorcycles targeted two church services at Bayero University in Nigeria's northern city of Kano. The attackers hurled explosives and opened fire, killing scores of people and injuring others.
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