At least four killed in Nigerian capital after army barracks bomb
A bomb ripped through a military barracks in the Nigerian capital Abuja on New Year's Eve killing four people and wounding a dozen others, in the second such attack in three months, an official said.
"Sixteen victims were brought into the hospital. Four were brought in dead... 12 are quite in a stable condition," the director of medical services with the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Udofia Enefiok, told reporters at a government hospital Friday.
The bomb went off early in the evening at a market inside Abacha barracks, a popular spot for food and drink in the Nigerian capital on New Year's Eve, the military and civil chiefs said.
Deputy Police Commissioner Olusola Amore said three of the dead and six of the wounded were women. Police bomb experts were on the scene, he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attack which came hours after Christians in Jos buried 16 of the dozens of victims of the Christmas Eve bombings claimed by a radical Islamist sect. "Basking in their nefarious success in Jos on Christmas Eve, they have once again knifed at the heartstrings of a nation decked out in gaiety, celebrating New Year's Eve.
"This is extreme evil. It is wicked," Jonathan's spokesman Ima Niboro said in a statement. "The president... condemns this attack," he added, describing it as a "new and dangerous challenge to our peace and stability". He said the attackers "must be made to pay. No one ... can make this nation ungovernable".
An Islamic sect, calling itself Jama?atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda?Awati Wal Jihad has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Eve attacks in Jos.
Posted on 12/31/2010 4:51 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax