BAUCHI, Nigeria, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The police in northeast Nigeria's Bauchi State has confirmed that 11 people were killed on Sunday in early morning explosions and robbery attacks.
State commissioner of police Ikechukwu Aduba disclosed this to reporters in Bauchi, the state capital, saying that both incidents occurred in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state and Bauchi metropolis.
He said the victims were killed when gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, attacked a check-point, a hotel and a First Bank of Nigeria branch in Bununu District of Bauchi Local Government Area as well as a police station in Tafawa Balewa town.
Aduba told reporters that its Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Charge of Tafawa Balewa, a soldier as well as eight other civilians were killed in Tafawa Balewa town, while another soldier was killed at a check-point at Liman Katagum, manned by a combined team of military and police personnel.
He said 10 unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), described by bomb experts as surface blasting explosives, were recovered at the scenes of the explosions, while six persons had so far been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Aduba said three IED explosions occurred at two places of worship at the railway and Fadama Mada areas of Bauchi metropolis.
He said the explosions caused minimal damage to some parts of the fence and roof of the two places of worship, while the louvers of the adjoining houses were affected by the vibrations. The commissioner appealed to the public to assist the police with useful inform in their ongoing investigation.
He dismissed speculations that the Tafawa Balewa attack was carried out by the Boko Haram sect, stressing that it was an armed robbery attack that was foiled by security agents.
The Bauchi attack came barely 48 hours after similar attacks in Kano in which more than 150 people lost their lives.