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3 children dead in Nigeria bomb blast

2011-06-16 19:24

Kano - A bomb exploded near a church in northern Nigeria Thursday and killed three children, police said, with Islamic militants blamed for a rash of attacks in the area.

"A bomb went off in a house adjoining Eyn church in the town of Damboa, killing three children playing nearby," Borno state police commissioner Mohammed Jinjiri Abubabakar told AFP.

Damboa is about 80km south of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

"We don't know who was behind the bomb or the extent of damage the explosion has caused," the commissioner said.

The blast came as another stuck the police headquarters in the capital Abuja, killing a policeman.

That attack was blamed on radical Islamists in the Boko Haram group that is active in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has been blamed for several bombing in the north, targeting police stations and churches. It has also been accused of shooting dozens of people including policemen, community and religious leaders.

Also known as the Nigerian Taliban, Boko Haram has pushed for the creation of an Islamic state. It launched an uprising in 2009 which was put down by a brutal military assault that left hundreds dead.

At least 14 people, including a church pastor, were killed and 17 others seriously injured in attacks in Maiduguri early this month.