Police thwart car bomb attempt in Nigeria

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Police in northeast Nigeria say they have shot and killed a man who attempted to drive a car loaded with explosives into a police headquarters hosting a recruitment drive.

Borno state police commissioner Simieone Midenda said that guards killed the 25-year-old man today who was driving the sedan loaded with seven gas cylinders and cans of gasoline and gunpowder.

The failed attack comes during a drive to recruit 1,500 new officers for the region.

Police blamed Boko Haram, a group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language. The group is blamed for a bombing at the national police headquarters in Abuja that killed at least two people in June.