Suspected Boko Haram members die in suicide blast during raid-AFP

KANO-(AFP) – Suspected members Haram Islamist sect set off a suicide car bomb Saturday during a military raid on hideout in the northern city Kano, police said.

The army chief Kano state Brigadier-General Iliyasu Isa Abba said the explosion was a desperate act aimed avoiding capture.

was a suicide plan so that all of them would go because they knew the security forces were coming that was why they primed the car,” he said the badly-damaged hideout.

The number of deaths was not immediately clear but an AFP journalist saw two in front of the house.

Four and eight were found in the by the Joint Task Force soldiers. They are believed to be relatives of the suspects.

Haram has been blamed for of shootings and bomb blasts, mostly in northern Nigeria, which have killed more than 1,000 people since 2009.

claimed responsibility for an August suicide attack the UN headquarters in the capital Abuja which killed 25 people and for coordinated bombings and shootings in Kano on January 20 which left 185 people dead — the group’s deadliest operation.

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