25 Killed in Nigeria Bomb Blasts
Beer gardens targeted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 26, 2011 4:54 PM CDT
The Nigerian flag.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

(Newser) – Suspected members of an Islamic sect bombed three beer gardens in northeastern Nigeria, killing 25 people and wounding 12 others today, authorities say. Police blame the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which earlier this month carried out an attack on the nation's police headquarters. Authorities say two men riding on a back of motorcycles threw bombs at beer gardens, which are popular nightspots for locals.

Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language means "Western education is sacrilege," has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria. Northeast Borno state, where today's blast happened, is one of a dozen states that have embraced Islamic Shariah law. However, outdoor beer gardens hidden from public view remain popular nightspots.