Blast kills 11 in Nigeria

2010-12-31 22:29

Abuja - A bomb has exploded at a beer garden at a Nigerian army barracks in the capital Abuja, where revellers had gathered to celebrate New Year's Eve and state-TV says 30 people were killed.

An anchor on the state-run Nigerian Television Authority gave that death toll to viewers on Friday night. The channel did not give an estimate on the number of people injured.

Air Marshal Oluseyi Petirin, the air force's top official, told journalists the bomb was placed where "people are relaxing because of the new year".

The bomb was planted in an area of market stalls and beer parlors referred to locally as a "Mammy market".

There, civilians and soldiers regularly gather for meals and drinks.