'30 killed' in barracks bomb attack

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A woman who lost a relative in a bomb explosion mourns at the Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria (AP)

A bomb has exploded at a beer garden at a Nigerian army barracks 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. 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 blast occurred in Abuja, the capital of oil-rich Nigeria.

The bomb was planted in an area of market stalls and beer parlours referred to locally as a “mammy market.”

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

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