The Islamist group, Boko Haram, says it carried out Thursday’s bombing of Nigeria’s police headquarters which left at least six people dead.

The attack comes days after Nigeria’s police chief visited the north-eastern town of Maiduguri, where Boko Haram is based and vowed to defeat the group.

The police say one of those who died was a suicide bomber – if confirmed it would be Nigeria’s first such attack.

Boko Haram wants to overthrow the state and implement Islamic law.

In 2009, hundreds of Boko Haram supporters, including the group’s leader Mohammed Yusuf, were killed after they attacked police stations in Maiduguri and other northern towns.

The group has since reformed and in the past year has killed dozens of police officers, politicians and anyone who criticises it, including Christian preachers and clerics from other Muslim groups.

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