Another bomb blast rocks bauchi, killed nine

Kano (AFP) – An explosion near a cluster of bars in
the northern city of Bauchi, recently targeted by
Boko Haram Islamists, has injured nine people,
police said Monday.
The home-made explosive device planted in an
unfinished building next to a group of pubs went
off at around 10:00 pm on Sunday in the city’s
Tudunwadan Dan-Iya neighbourhood, Bauchi state
police commissioner Mohammed Ladan told AFP.
“It was an IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
planted in the relaxation spot that caused the
explosion which injured nine people but there were
no deaths,” Ladan said.
“We still don’t know who was behind the attack but
we have commenced investigation into the
incident.”
Among those injured were seven men, a woman
and a three-month old girl, he specified.
No group claimed the attack, but the city has been
previously targeted by Boko Haram, responsible for
more than 1,000 deaths since mid-2009.
The Islamists claimed a suicide blast at a church in
Bauchi city on June 3 that killed at least 15 people.
The United States last week said it had designated
the head of the main branch of Boko Haram,
Abubakar Shekau, a “global terrorist” along with
two others tied to both Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda’s
north African branch.


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