LAGOS - A series of explosions echoed through the northeast Nigerian town of Gombe on Friday, witnesses said, a remote place that has been largely spared the Islamist insurgency plaguing the country's north.
"It started around 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) and it kept on going off," said Jimam Lar, a PHD researcher doing field work in Gombe who heard the blasts from his hotel room.
"I've heard several bombs. It's a good number. I can't say exactly how many, but it went on for over an hour at intervals," he said, adding that there was sporadic shooting as well.