* This Day offices in Kaduna, Abuja bombed
* At least 2 dead in capital blast, two in Kaduna
* Islamist sect has killed hundreds in Nigeria in 2012
* One bomber from sect's home town - state security
(Adds roadside bomb, comment from paper's managing director)
By Camillus Eboh and Garba Mohammed
ABUJA/KADUNA, April 26 Suicide car bombers
targeted the offices of Nigerian newspaper This Day in the
capital Abuja and northern city of Kaduna on Thursday, killing
at least four people in apparently coordinated strikes.
This Day is based in southern Nigeria and is broadly
supportive of President Goodluck Jonathan's government - the
main target for Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, which has
killed hundreds of people this year in shootings and bombings.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
At around 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) one bomber drove a jeep into
the daily's office in Abuja, killing himself and two others,
witnesses and the state security service (SSS) said.
At the same time, 140 km (90 miles) north in Kaduna, a car
was stopped from getting into This Day's offices and one of the
attackers jumped out.
"He was immediately challenged by two gallant Nigerians,
following which he threw the bomb at them and it detonated,
killing them instantly," the SSS said in a statement.
It identified the bomber as Umaru Mustapha, from Maiduguri
in Borno state, the home of Boko Haram in the remote northeast
of Africa's most populous nation.
Later in the day, a roadside bomb exploded in a suburb of
Kaduna, wounding 4 people but causing no deaths, Kaduna state
police spokesman Aminu Lawal said.
Boko Haram, whose name in the Hausa language means "Western
education is sinful", has not previously targeted the press in
its bombings. Last October, the sect killed a reporter for
state-run television who it said was an informant.
Boko Haram has been fighting a low-level insurgency for more
than two years and has become the main security menace in
Africa's top oil producer. Most attacks have been in the largely
Muslim north, well away from the southern oil fields.
This Day angered Muslims a decade ago when one of its
columnists suggested the Prophet Mohammad might have wanted to
marry a beauty queen. At least one hundred people were killed in
"HORRENDOUS AND WICKED"
President Jonathan, in Ivory Coast for talks with other West
African leaders on a crisis in Mali, said in a statement the
attacks on This Day were "misguided, horrendous and wicked."
"The president urged media practitioners not to be dissuaded
from carrying out their fearless campaign for peace, justice and
equity, as democracy cannot flourish without press freedom," the
statement from his media adviser said.
This Day's managing director Eniola Bello said the paper
would "not be deterred in our pursuit of truth and reason".
"No amount of threat or intimidation will weaken our
resolve," he said in a statement. "We urge the security agencies
to thoroughly investigate the obviously coordinated attacks and
fish out the masterminds."
In August last year, Boko Haram carried out a suicide car
bombing at the United Nations building in Abuja that killed 25
people and prompted a surge in security measures.
At the scene of the Abuja blast on Thursday, sirens wailed
as police and fire fighters rushed in. Smoke billowed from the
building, whose windows were all smashed.
Soldiers and police cordoned off the area, while emergency
workers evacuated the wounded on stretchers to waiting
"The suicide bomber came in a jeep and rammed a vehicle into
the gate," said Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of the This Day
editorial board. "Two of our security men died, and obviously
the suicide bomber died too."
This Day's publisher, Nduka Obaigbena, is a celebrity in
Nigeria and puts on music, art and fashion events in cities in
around the world.
(Additional reporting by Joe Brock, Felix Onuah and Afolabi
Sotunde in Abuja and Tim Cocks in Lagos; Writing by Joe Brock;
Editing by Tim Cocks, Matthew Tostevin and Alessandra Rizzo)