Bombing, gunfire hits northeast Nigeria city

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Oct 8th, 2012
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EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT People gathered at the site where two motorcycle riders died after explosives they were carrying went off in Kaduna, Nigeria, Tuesday, Aug.14. 2012. Police in north central Nigeria say two motorcycle riders have died after explosives they were carrying went off. Kaduna state police spokesman Abubakar Balteh said Tuesday that they were riding toward a major roundabout in the city of Kaduna when the explosion occurred. He said there were no other casualties and that it was unclear what the failed attack s target was. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. (AP Photo/Emma Kayode)

Witnesses say a powerful explosion has shaken a city in northeast Nigeria that’s the spiritual home of a radical Islamist sect.

The blast Monday morning struck Maiduguri at a military post near the local headquarters of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. Authorities immediately suspected the sect known as Boko Haram, though the group did not immediately claim responsibility. A military spokesman later said only two soldiers were wounded in the attack, though the military routinely downplays their losses.

On Sunday, officials say a Chinese worker near Maiduguri was shot and killed while in a local market. Meanwhile, the military claimed to kill 30 Boko Haram fighters, though that information could not be independently verified.

Boko Haram is waging a bloody guerrilla fight against Nigeria’s weak central government.AP

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