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10 killed in Bauchi bomb blast

By The Citizen
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An explosion in the red light district of Bauchi city has killed 10 people and injured 14 others, police said Saturday.

The cause of the late Friday blast was not immediately clear, but the Bauchi state police spokesman Mohammed Haruna said the unknown bomber targeted building in the Bayan Gari neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city was widely known as a brothel.

'Ten people were confirmed dead, while 14 others sustained various degrees of injury,' Haruna said, adding that the explosion went off at roughly 10:00 pm (2100 GMT).

'The entire area has been cordoned off and (the) scene secured,' Haruna said. Bomb attacks on targets which Boko Haram has branded sinful - including bars, churches and schools teaching a Western curriculum - have formed a major part of the insurgency.