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A Sunday night bombing in a market in Bauchi, a northern Nigerian city, killed 13 people and left 40 injured. A roadside bomb also detonated in Maiduguri at around 8 am, although no one was injured. These attacks occurred only hours after Goodluck Johnson was sworn in as president of Nigeria.
Mr Ihejirika, a lieutenant general in the Nigerian Army, said that “for now nobody is being suspected to have committed the offence given the types of explosives used. I can tell you that this act was carried out by terrorists, that’s all.”
The market is a popular drinking spot for military. Although no soldiers died in the attack, Mr Ihejirika says that police officers and friends and family of the military were affected.
The recent bombings are only part of an ethnic and religious strife that, according to the International Crisis Group, has killed more than 14,000 Nigerians since 1999. Most of the casualties have been in the northern regions, where Muslim and Christian populations struggle for political power.