* Bomb blast hits bus park in second biggest city
* Jonathan says Boko Haram linked to other Jihadist groups
(Adds new bombing, quotes, background, details)
By Mike Oboh
KANO, Nigeria, Jan 26 Gunmen kidnapped a
German citizen working on a construction site in Nigeria's
second city of Kano on Thursday, the police commissioner said,
the latest violence to hit the city plagued by Islamist
insurgents for weeks.
"We got a report today that a German was kidnapped at his
working site with (Nigerian construction firm) Dantata Sawoe at
the flyover bridge along Kano's Zaria road this afternoon," Kano
police commissioner Ibrahim Idris told Reuters.
"We are working on it. We are trying to see what we can do
to track them down," he said.
Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has increasingly moved into
Kano, a city of around 10 milion people, from its homebase in
the remote northeast. A coordinated series of gun and bomb
attacks killed 186 people there on Friday.
Kidnapping of foreigners has become a common tactic of al
Qaeda's north African wing, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
(AQIM), which operates out of Nigeria's neighbour Niger, as well
as Mali, Algeria and Mauritania, and which officials believe has
links with Nigerian militants.
In May, a Briton and an Italian were kidnapped in northern
Nigeria, in Kano state, and were thought to have been taken over
the border into Niger. A video was released in August which
appeared to show them blindfolded and on their knees, saying
they were being held by al Qaeda.
President Goodluck Jonathan told Reuters in an interview on
Thursday that Boko Haram had made contact with other jihadist
groups operating in the region, echoing views by security
experts that AQIM has trained and supported some Boko Haram
He challenged the group to identify themselves and state
their demands as a basis for talks.
Militants planted a drinks' can full of explosives in a bus
park in a neighbourhood of Kano populated by minority Christian
southerners, causing a blast that wounded five people, witnesses
said, the latest violence to hit the city after a coordinated
strike last week killed 186 people.
"The explosive tin can was thrown in between two buses ...
one of the bus was badly damaged, there were many people who are
travelling to the south because of the Boko Haram problem,"
witness, Abel Bestway, 47, who works at one of the bus service
operaters, said. "The park was jam packed. It was terrible."
Army spokesperson for Kano Lieutenant Colonel Iweha
Ikedichie confirmed the attack on the park and told journalists
other bombs had been discovered.
"Three other explosives were discovered in the park,the
number of injured person is five, one of the who was unconcious
was revived at a private clinic at a nearby street," Ikedichie
Jonathan sacked and replaced the chief of police and his six
deputies on Wednesday, after a series of blunders including the
escape from custody of the main suspect in a Christmas Day
church bombing that killed 37 people.
Boko Haram, which in the Hausa language of northern Nigeria
means "Western education is sinful", is loosely modelled on the
Taliban movement in Afghanistan. It became active around 2003
and is concentrated mainly in the northern Nigerian states.
It killed more than 500 people last year and more than 250
in the first weeks of 2012 in gun and bomb attacks, Human Rights
(Additional reporting by Joe Brock in Abuja; Writing by Tim