Islamists Kill 11 at Crowded Market in Nigerian Capital

Islamists have already killed more than 32 people in violent attacks and the year is not even one day old.


Survivors of a bomb blast lie on beds at Asokoro hospital, a day after an explosion near a military barrack in Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja January 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Islamists killed at least 11 people at a bar in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria today.
The BBC reported:

Several people have been killed by a bomb blast at a bar near a barracks in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Nigeria’s president condemned the attack, blaming it on Islamists who claimed responsibility for a recent bombing in the north of the country.

The explosion happened in a market where soldiers and civilians often gather to eat and drink beer.

A police spokesman said four people had died, while military sources have told the BBC 11 people were killed.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, President Goodluck Jonathan called the attacks “evil” and “wicked”.

“Basking in their nefarious success in Jos on Christmas Eve, they have once again knifed at the heartstrings of a nation decked out in gaiety, celebrating New Year’s Eve,” he said.

An Islamic sect known as Boko Haram said it had carried out the attack in Jos, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Abuja bombing.

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