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Bomb blasts hit Nigeria's Kano

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Still photographs show the aftermath of a string of bomb blasts in Nigeria's second city Kano on Friday (January 20) which left at least six people dead. Authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. Smoke billowed from the police headquarters for the north in Kano after one blast blew out its windows, collapsed its roof and triggered a blaze that firefighters struggled to control. A Reuters reporter counted three bodies at the scene and three more at the local passport office, which was surrounded by flaming debris. Some residents ran around shouting and screaming following the attacks. There were at least four other explosions across the city in quick succession. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks, which prompted the government to announce a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Kano, like other northern cities in Nigeria, has been plagued by an insurgency led by Islamist sect Boko Haram, blamed for scores of bombings and shootings against mostly government targets that are growing in scale and sophistication. Witnesses said the bomber of the police headquarters, which covers most of northern Nigeria, pulled up at the building on a motorbike then got off and ran at it holding a bag.

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