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Bomb blasts rock Nigeria as Goodluck Jonathan is sworn in as president

Explosions followed Sunday's swearing in of Goodluck Jonathan
Explosions followed Sunday's swearing in of Goodluck Jonathan REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Police in Nigeria are investigating a series of bomb attacks across the country. Three explosions ripped through a crowded beer garden at a military barracks in the northern city of Bauchi on Sunday night killing at least 10 people. 

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Two separate blasts late Sunday and early Monday were in the northern city of Zaria home to Vice President Namadi Sambo.

The blasts followed the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan in the capital Abuja after an election seen as the fairest in nearly two decades in Africa’s most heavily populated country.

Bauchi is located in one of the states which were hardest hit by deadly post-poll riots last month. An army officer who was at the scene said there were at least 2,000 people in the market, which includes beer gardens and eating places, when the explosive devices were detonated.

An Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, which launched an uprising in 2009, has been blamed for dozens of killings in the northeast of the country and is also said to be active in Bauchi.

On Monday morning a bomb targeting a military patrol team exploded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri with no reports of any injured. Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attack.

Also on Sunday in a separate incident in Zuba on the outskirst of Abuja, an explosion hit a beer parlour slightly injuring three people.

 

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