DOZENS KILLED IN NIGERIA'S CAPITAL
At least 30 people have been killed in an explosion at a beer garden in Nigeria's capital Abuja, state television has reported on Friday 12/31/2010. The attack took place a weak after about 80 people, most of them Christians, were killed in religious clashes in Jos, central Nigeria (see - Jos 12.25.10).
The blast occurred in the Sani Abacha army barracks, a busy area where people meet to eat and shop known as the "mammy market". A local police spokesperson said the blast occurred at 1830 GMT on Friday
Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, linked the attack to the bombings on December 24 in the central city of Jos, which sparked a week of violence and committed by the Radical Islamic group 'Boko Haram'. Friday's attack came as police detained 92 suspected members of the Islamic Boko Haram group.
A police spokesman said on Friday that Boko Haram, which is thought to oppose Western education and culture, was behind the deaths of at least 16 people in three attacks this week in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Nigeria was also rocked by car bomb attacks in Abuja in October, for which responsibility was claimed by a group opposing the government in the oil-producing Niger Delta, where there has been a recent resurgence in violence.
* Related topics ;