ThisDay’s editorial board chairman confirms suicide attack

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ThisDay’s editorial board  chairman said has confirmed that the explosion at a newspaper office in the capital Abuja on Thursday and where at  least six people people were killed was a suicide attack.

“The suicide bomber came in a jeep,” Olusegun Adeniyi told reporters at the scene. “(Security guards) opened the gate for them … The guy drove in through the gate and rammed into the building and exploded.”

A car destroyed by the bomb sits outside the premises of ThisDay Newspapers bombed in Abuja on April 26, 2012. One of Nigeria's leading newspaper, ThisDay was early in the day rocked by bomb explosions killing two security men, the suicide bomber and injuring five of the company's support staff. Bomb blasts targeting newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday have killed at least six people, emergency officials said.. AFP PHOTO

The two guards were killed in the blast along with the bomber, he said. Five support staff were wounded.

“Fortunately the newsroom is a bit far from the back of the building,” said Adeniyi. “So all the people in the newsroom … are all safe.”

The privately owned newspaper is one of Nigeria’s most prominent and influential. It is based in the economic capital Lagos, but has a major operation in the capital Abuja.

Another bomb attack at roughly the same time in the northern city of Kaduna targeting a complex that also includes a ThisDay office left at least three people dead as well, making a total of six.

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