Two killed in bomb blast in northern Nigeria

May 15th, 2011 - 2:50 am ICT by BNO News  

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA (BNO NEWS) — Two people were killed on Friday night in a bomb blast in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State, Xinhua news agency reported.

State police spokesperson Lawal Abdullahi told reporters that the bomb was planted on the roadside in the state capital, Maiduguri. He added that the bomb was believed to have been planted by suspected members of the sect group Boko Haram near a police checkpoint.

Police have started an investigation into the issue and appealed for calm.

More than 50 other people, mostly security personnel, have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants since July 2009, when they launched a series of attacks in the state. Many people were killed and wounded, while properties were destroyed.

The sect’s leader Mohammed Yusuf and his alleged financier Buji Foi were killed in a counter attack by the security operative.

The militants staged an uprising in Maiduguri in 2009 and attacked government institutions, which led to clashes with security forces in which an estimated hundreds of people were killed.

Maiduguri is the capital and largest city of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. It sits along the seasonal Ngadda River and has a population of more than 1 million.

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