Explosion kills 11, injures 28 in Nigeria’s Bauchi

Explosion kills 11, injures 28 in Nigeria’s Bauchi
# 29 June 2014 05:25 (UTC +04:00)

Local police officials said on Saturday that the blast took place overnight at a hotel on the outskirts of Bauchi at around 10:00 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), killing 11 people and wounding 28 others.

According to witnesses, armed assailants wearing military uniforms entered the place, detonating explosives and shooting people at random.

“We were just sitting down, watching highlights of the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the viewing center...when five men dressed in military uniform strolled in,” said one of the witnesses.

On Saturday, Lawal Shehu, the Bauchi State police commissioner, announced that one suspect had been arrested in connection with the Friday assault.

In a similar incident on June 25, at least 21 people were killed and 17 others wounded in a powerful bomb explosion that ripped through a crowded market area in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the Friday attack so far, but Nigerian officials usually blame members of the Boko Haram Takfiri group for such acts of violence.

The group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

Boko Haram -- whose name means “Western education is forbidden” -- says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

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