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25 KILLED IN BOMBINGS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

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Three separate bomb explosions in the city of Maiduguri, in the country’s northeast, on Sunday 06/26/2011, have killed at least 25 people and wounded many others. The attack targeted outdoor beer gardens.

Authorities have accused the Boko Haram group, which demands the adoption of sharia law, or Islamic law, throughout Nigeria, of being behind the attacks. The National Emergency Management Agency said it was working with other rescue teams to evacuate the injured but gave no further details.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a bomb blast 10 days ago outside the national police headquarters in the capital, Abuja. It is also believed to be behind a number of other attacks that killed more than a dozen people this month.

Quashing Boko Haram has now become a major priority for the government as it has replaced attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure the southern Niger Delta as the main security threat in Africa’s most populous nation.

Maiduguri in Borno State of Nigeria is about 870km from Abuja and is considered a Boko Haram stronghold.

Boko Haram was thought to have been vanquished in 2009 after an uprising in which hundreds were killed. The military destroyed its main Mosque and its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, died in police custody.
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