Officials: Bungled explosion kills 3 in Nigeria

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Updated Saturday, May 24 at 11:04 PM

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A senior police official in Nigeria says a bungled bomb killed three people, including a suicide bomber, in Jos (jahs) city Saturday night.

The blast came four days after twin car bombs blamed on Islamic extremists killed at least 130 people in the central city.

The police official says the bomber dropped a bag holding explosives at an outdoor theater crowded with people watching a European soccer cup final. He says the bomber and two others died. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not the official spokesman.

The venue is not far from the bustling marketplace that was targeted in Tuesday's attack.

There have been no immediate claims of responsibility for the latest attack.

But the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has been threatening to sell nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery, has been waging a two-pronged campaign of urban bombings and rural attacks on northeastern villages.

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