Bomb blast kills 8 at Nigerian medical school

Story highlights

  • A bomb goes off in the parking lot of a medical school in Kano, Nigeria, police say
  • A suspect is in custody, but a motive for the attack is not clear, police say
  • Boko Haram terrorists have targeted Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city, in the past

A bomb blast Monday killed eight people and injured at least 12 others at a medical school in Kano, Nigeria, the city's police commissioner said.

The explosive devices went off around 2 p.m. local time in a parking lot at the School of Hygiene, said Adelere Shinaba, police commissioner of Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city.

A suspect is in custody after being arrested on the scene, police said, and the suspect's car was discovered outside the school.

Police said they don't have a motive for the blast and are still investigating, but Boko Haram terrorists have targeted the northern Nigerian city in the past. The militant group says its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.

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Police swept the area around the school Monday with detection devices to make sure there were no additional bombs.

Eyewitnesses reported heavy military and police presence around the school.

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