Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nigeria: Bomb Attacks In Northeast Borno State Kill At Least 25, Police Blame Boko Haram


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Suspected members of an Islamic sect bombed three beer gardens in northeastern Nigeria, killing 25 people and wounding 12 others on Sunday, authorities said.

Police blamed the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which earlier this month carried out an attack on the nations police headquarters.

Authorities said two men riding on a back of motorcycles threw bombs at beer gardens, which are popular nightspots for locals.

Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language means "Western education is sacrilege," has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria. Most attacks have occurred in the Boko Haram stronghold of Maiduguri, which is about 540 miles (872 kilometers) from Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

The group recently claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least 22 people at the police headquarters in Abuja.

Northeast Borno state, where the Sunday blast happened, is one of a dozen states that have embraced Islamic Shariah law. However, outdoor beer gardens hidden from public view remain popular nightspots.

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