Blast kills three in northern Nigeria

A bomb went off under a moving van and killed three people at a military checkpoint in Nigeria`s northern town of Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 22:27 PM IST

Abuja: A bomb went off under a moving van
and killed three people at a military checkpoint in Nigeria`s
northern town of Maiduguri on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Joint Military Task Force (JTF)
which patrols the area, Major General Jack Nwachukwu Nwogbo
said the bomb exploded under the van as it was stopping at the
checkpoint and killed the three persons in the van including
the driver.

Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist group which has
been carrying out series of attacks on politicians, police and
army was blamed for the attack.

The group preaches against Western education and wants
to install an Islamic sharia rule in the oil-rich African
country.

It carries out most of its operation in Maiduguri, and
motorbikes were banned in the town last week because of their
notoriety in using such for their attacks.

This has increased the possibility of their using
other methods.

PTI