I guess that’s one way to make sure Jonathan isn’t elected again: kill all those who voted for him. Bars were probably targeted in order to make sure that no Muslims would be killed.
“Nigeria hit by multiple blasts after inauguration,” from AP, May 30 (thanks to all who sent this in):
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) “” Multiple blasts rocked Nigeria’s restive Muslim north and a city near the capital following the inauguration of the country’s southern Christian president, officials said Monday.
The most powerful of the blasts tore through a bar in a military barracks in the northern city of Bauchi on Sunday, killing 15 people just hours after the swearing-in ceremony, said an official who participated in the rescue efforts.
Bauchi state police chief Mohammed Indabawa said Sunday’s blast in the city of Bauchi hit an outdoor bar at about 8 p.m., just hours after the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja….
One bomb went off Sunday at a beer garden in Zuba, near Nigeria’s capital, killing two people and wounding at least 11, Shuaib said.
Another explosion in the northern city of Zaria on Sunday also targeted a bar hours after the inauguration, police spokesman Aminu Lawal said. He said police were still looking into how many may have been wounded in that blast….
In the northeast city of Maiduguri, a bomb targeted on Monday an army patrol vehicle, Lt. Abubakar Abdullahi said, adding that there were no casualties and five arrests were made after the incident….
Bauchi city has a history of sectarian violence and was a scene of rioting and destruction after the April elections.
Bauchi is also a stronghold of a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram. Its members are accused of a rash of killings in the area in recent months which have targeted police officers, soldiers and political and spiritual leaders.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language, has asked pushed for the implementation of Sharia law in northern states.
Authorities blame the group for an explosion at a hotel in April that killed three people and wounded 14 others in Maiduguri, a city close to Bauchi, only days before the state’s gubernatorial election….