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At Least 28 Reported Dead in Nigeria Bar Bombings

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 01:29 PM

By Joel Himelfarb

At least 28 people have been killed and 15 wounded in a series of bombings targeting bars in Kano, Nigeria, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Witnesses said the blasts tore through a Christian neighborhood previously attacked by jihadists from Boko Haram. The group, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has spearheaded a violent insurgency that has resulted in the deaths of close to 2,000 people since 2009.

Thus far, no organization has publically claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts.
The bombings occurred at approximately 9:30 P.M. Monday in an area of Kano where residents had gathered to enjoy the nightlife.

After the first bomb went off in a residential area, one witness described diving into a storm drain to protect himself. A nearby vendor described hearing four explosions that shook the ground and seeing a rescuer carrying someone bleeding severely from the leg.

The Nigerian military issued a statement saying the bombings could have been avoided if the public had been vigilant and had paid attention when packages containing the bombs were dropped off in the area.

The bar bombings occurred hours after vigilantes and suspected Boko Haram militants clashed in Dawashe in northeastern Nigeria. At least 20 people - described by the military as “innocent civilians”-were killed in Dawashe, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, the military said Tuesday that it had arrested 42 members of Boko Haram in southern Nigeria, Reuters reported.

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