Nigeria Prez Sworn In, Bomb Blast Rocks City

Several die as Goodluck Jonathan starts term
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 30, 2011 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A bomb blast rocked the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi within hours of the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday. Several people were killed, but an exact death toll was not released. A second minor blast hit a beer hall just outside the capital of Abuja, where the president was sworn in. The attacks are believed to be the latest in a series of bombings by Boko Haram, an Islamic group challenging Nigeria's government, reports CNN. While the Nigerian elections were widely regarded by the international community as the most peaceful ever, some Muslims have charged that the presidential vote was rigged. This is Jonathan's first full four-year term. The former vice president stepped up mid-term last time around following the heart-attack death of President Umaru Yar'Adua. (Read more Goodluck Jonathan stories.)

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