Bombs kill 25 at Nigerian drinking spot: sources

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 7:13 PM
Bombs kill 25 at Nigerian drinking spot: sources

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect threw bombs at a drinking spot in the northeastern town of Maiduguri on Sunday, killing around 25 people, witnesses and military sources said.

The attackers -- who the military said were suspected members of the Boko Haram sect -- threw three sets of explosives from the back of motorbikes at around 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) and appeared to be targeting police officers, witnesses said.

Boko Haram, which says it wants a wider application of strict sharia Islamic law in Africa's most populous nation, claimed responsibility for a bomb blast 10 days ago outside the national police headquarters in the capital Abuja.

The sect has been responsible for almost daily killings and attacks on police and government buildings in recent months in and around Maiduguri, which lies near Nigeria's remote northeastern borders with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; writing by Nick Tattersall)