Bomb 'kills 30' at Nigeria barracks

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A bomb has reportedly killed 30 people celebrating the new year in Nigeria

A bomb has exploded at a beer garden at a Nigerian army barracks where revellers had gathered to celebrate New Year’s Eve. State-TV says 30 people have been killed.

An anchor on the state-run Nigerian Television Authority gave that death toll. 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 about 7:30 pm 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”. Civilians and soldiers regularly gather there for meals and drinks.

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