Deadly blast in Nigerian beer garden

At least five killed in bombing near police barracks in northeastern city of Maiduguri.

    At least five people have been killed in a bomb blast at a police beer garden in the troubled northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a military source and a witness said.

    Sunday evening's blast took place in the middle of a 'mammy market' near the police barracks in the Wulari area of the city.

    Mammy markets are open-air pubs and eateries found around police or military barracks and are open to both security personnel and civilians.

    Jack Nwachukwu Nwaogbo, a major-general in the Nigerian army, said the explosion killed at least five people and wounded 10.

    Umar Kaulaha, a resident in the area said he had heard a "loud bang followed by dark clouds of smoke from the beer garden".

    Maj-Gen Nwaogbo said three fighters from the Boko Haram group also shot and killed four people in Maiduguri late on Saturday. Nwaogbo said a fifth person was shot dead on Sunday.

    Boko Haram claimed responsibility, in an unverified statement, for a June 16 bombing in Abuja. A separate blast killed 25 people in Maiduguri on June 27.

    The group was behind a series of killings which have targeted police officers, soldiers, politicians and clerics in Nigeria's north over the last year - including attacks on beer parlours. They have also attacked churches and engineered a massive prison break.

    The group wants strict Shariah or Islamic law implemented across the region.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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