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Bomb blasts kill 10 in Nigeria

world Updated: May 30, 2011 16:42 IST

At least 10 people were killed and nine injured when three bomb blasts ripped through a market inside a military barracks in northern Nigeria, hours after President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office, police said on Monday.

The blasts hit an eating, drinking and relaxation point for military men called mammy market at Shadawanka Barracks at about 8 pm last night, said Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa, police commissioner for northern Bauchi state.

Police said they are probing the blasts.

Violence, frequent shootings and bomb attacks are among the challenges facing Jonathan, a southerner who was sworn in for a full four-year term after defeating his major opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari from the north.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, it has all the signature of Boko Haram, an Islamic sect that wants to install Sharia government in the country.

Post-election violence in the country claimed more than 800 people in the north but the sect was not part of the sporadic uprising.

The violence has been linked to members of Buhari's Congress for Democratic Change (CPC) which was defeated by Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).