Explosion rocks bar in central Nigeria

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Posted: Sep 11, 2011 4:54 PM
Explosion rocks bar in central Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) - An explosion shook an outdoor bar in the central Nigerian town of Jos on Sunday, a military spokesman said, the latest unrest in a region where religious clashes have killed over 70 people in recent weeks.

A popular open air venue, known as West of Mines, was cordoned off following the blast.

A spokesman for the military Special Task Force meant to keep order in Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, said the explosion was a continuation of a cycle of violence between Christian and Muslim gangs that flared up last month.

He did not say what caused the explosion or if there were casualties.

(Reporting by Buhari Bello; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)