Radical Islamist sect claims Nigeria bomb attacks

June 2, 2011 01:15

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A radical Islamist sect in remote northeastern Nigeria claimed responsibility on Wednesday for coordinated bombs that killed at least 16 people hours after President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in.

A spokesman for Boko Haram, a militant group behind years of attacks around the northeastern city of Maiduguri, told the BBC Hausa service it had planted the bombs which tore through bars in the towns of Bauchi, Zaria and Zuba late on Sunday.

The spokesman, identified by the BBC as Abu Zayd, told the radio station, which broadcasts in northern Nigeria, that the sect did not believe in the Nigerian constitution and repeated a call for sharia (Islamic law) to be more widely imposed.

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