Christmas Eve bombs kill 31 in Nigeria

Dec. 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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JOS, Nigeria, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Officials in Nigeria Saturday said 31 people were killed and several others were injured in a wave of Christmas Eve bombings in the city of Jos.

At least five explosions occurred in two commercial districts of the city, destroying a bar and setting a number of parked cars on fire.

An aide to the governor of Plateau state told CNN two bombs exploded in the Angwa Rukuba area and three more occurred in nearby Kabong. The city has been the scene of violent clashes between Christian and Muslims in recent years.

"It was Christmas Eve, lots of activities was going on," said Choji Gyang, an adviser to the Plateau governor. "People were still preparing for Christmas, lots of people were coming into town."

Gyang chided the Nigerian government for a "lapse in security."

There was no immediate claim of credit for the bombings and no arrests were reported. Troops moved in to secure the areas and fired shots into the air to disperse angry crowds, CNN said.

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