A bomb explosion at a police beer garden in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, killed at least five people on Sunday July 3.
Military officials have blamed Boko Haram, an Islamic sect for the blast at the bear garden inside ‘Mammy market’ near police barracks in Wulari.
Mammy market beer gardens are open-air pubs and eateries around police or military barracks, open to both security personnel and civilians. The market houses more than 100 temporary shops, including the drinking joint where the blast happened.
According to witnesses, the blast happened shortly after an unidentified man left a wine shop at about 5:30 p.m., where he reportedly bought a bottle of soft drink. It was not immediately clear if he planted the explosive.
Scores of military checkpoints have sprung up around the city.
“The city has been under siege from Boko Haram and the military following these senseless attacks that have put everybody on edge,” said resident Hadi Sadiq.
Last Sunday, also in Maiduguri, at least 25 people were killed and others were injured when two men riding motorcycles came around the back of popular nightspots, which are known as beer gardens, and threw explosives. That attack was also blamed on Boko Haram.
The sect aims to eradicate western education and implement strict Sharia law in Northern Nigeria. It has claimed responsibility for a series of killings targeting police officers, soldiers, politicians and clerics in Northern Nigeria since last year – including attacks on local beer parlors. It has also attacked churches and engineered a massive prison break.
Boko Haram launched a short-lived armed uprising two years ago in a doomed bid to establish an Islamic state. Although the rebellion was crushed in a military assault that killed hundreds, mostly sect members, it failed to deter further attacks.