Monday, May 30, 2011

At least 12 dead and 25 wounded by a bomb blast at a market in Nigeria

Bauchi. (Reuters) .- At least 12 people were killed and 25 wounded by exploding a bomb in a market town of Bauchi, northern Nigeria, as reported by sources of emergency services. The attack came hours after he was sworn in as President Goodluck Jonathan. "There was a strong and powerful explosion," said Shuaib Yushu, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who has indicated that the injured have been taken to hospital and evacuated the bodies.

The explosion occurred around 21.00 pm on Sunday at the Mamy market, one of the busiest in the city. It is still unknown the group responsible for this attack, as noted by the police commissioner Mohammed Indabawa. Soon after, there has been a second explosion, although less intense, in a brewery Zuba District, located on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which has caused minor injuries to three people.

This attack has taken place despite the significant deployment of security that has been made on the occasion of the inauguration of Jonathan. Police and military have intensified road checks and air, with helicopters overhead. Bauchi, the state capital, is one of the cities hardest hit by fighting between Muslims and Christians, which have increased after the April presidential elections, in which Jonathan, a southern Christian, defeated Muhamadu Buhari, a Muslim North.

Since then, hundreds have died in the northern cities of post-election violence. Most of these attacks have been perpetrated by unknown groups with homemade bombs.

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