Blasts hit northeast Nigeria, gunmen kill 3

December 30, 2011 20:02

MAIDUGURI - Three explosions struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri shortly after Muslim Friday prayers, but caused no casualties, the military said, and gunmen shot dead three members of a cleric's family dead in a separate incident.

Maiduguri lies at the epicenter of a low level insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been blamed for waves of bombings and shootings, including a Christmas Day bomb at a Catholic church that killed at least 37 people.

All of the Maiduguri bombs on Friday struck near a market areas in different parts of the city, military spokesman for Maiduguri Mohammed Hassan said by telephone, denying reports that one of them struck near a mosque.

Gunmen stormed the family of a junior Muslim cleric behind Maiduguri's Railway Quarters and shot dead his family.

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